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re/;dismantling education, now unschooling

updated fri 17 jun 11


J Motzkin on thu 16 jun 11

I want to say something about this as my experience with the unschooling
world came from Clayart.

A young potter posted last year on clayart that she was looking for an
apprenticeship in clay. Maybe you remember. She had been potting for a
couple of years and had pretty good skills and, in unschooling style, chose
her interest and pursued it. I took her on as an intern for 6 weeks. She
bravely drove up to MA from FL, lived with an unschooling family nearby. Sh=
was enthusiastic, capable, bright. Her family is actually quite involved i=
the unschooling community/movement so I learned a bit about it. This
community is quite active, provides social, travel, and educational
opportunities, including a new project called ZTC Zero Tuition College.
I am a product of school, school and more school, but I am primarily self
taught in clay. I appreciate the desire for a mentor/teacher.
We worked on a particular production project of mine. She learned a lot,
fast. I remember the day she "got" spiral wedging and pronounced it "a game
changer" There were a few other epiphanies. She and I have continued our
working/mentoring relationship from afar.
This unschooling is not a choice for every parent or every kid, but there i=
something to be said for following your passion and figuring out a way to
learn. Not learning to read until the Magic Gathering card fad, as in the
article posted, is a more let-it-be choice than I would be able to tolerate=
My own kids, product of public schools, private colleges, are doing just
fine, finding their way, their passions.
So many ways to learn.
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