Hi all:) I feel inspired to get this ball rolling, following on from reading Sandra Rae's blog about Ideas for a Ringing Cedars School; reading Donanne's inspirational story about her free school as a child in the woods and her current journey with her own children; wanting to talk more to new member, Patricia, about her homeschooling experience with her 5 children; reading about Anne's unschooling with her children; and the many, many others inspirational stories on this site. I believe we all have a wealth of knowledge and experience that, combined with the Anastasia books and other information out there, we can create a fabulous "school" that can be transferred anywhere in the world, but that isn't really a "school" at all;)
I come from a primary teaching background in the state system, that I left after I had my children because I couldn't imagine sending them to such a structured, controlled environment where the children spend so much time doing 'busy work' and learning (so it seems) purely for the intentions of passing a test or getting outcomes checked off, so the teacher can say, yep that child is ready to move up to the next year level, or nope, that child needs learning support. Even as I type this now, I am amazed/horrified/can't really think of the right word to sum up how I feel about this whole system and the part I played in it for so many years!!! How asleep was I? So glad, for my own children's future, that I am awake to this now and can change it all for them:)
So I am interested in trying to figure out how this new type of 'school' would look? I don't even want to call it a 'school'. Any ideas on a better term? At present we have our children enrolled in a great little independent democratic school that our eldest will start next year, but I still have my reservations as it is not Spiritual/Consciousness based and still adheres to the state curriculum (required by government) and I don't like the fact that I am handing my children over to someone else each day. Now, for my family, this is the best case scenario because my Husband doesn't agree with Homeschooling or the Steiner schools (too spiritual) so this was the best compromise we could come up with, but I am working on trying to convince him otherwise. I know that I can manifest anything I desire:)
Okay, so enough of that.......let's get down to business.......how will this 'school' work? It needs to be able to fit in with government rules and regulations, because in some states/countries (such as the state I live in) you are not allowed to 'unschool' and have to still adhere to certain curriculum guidelines (as Nick is finding over in Western Australia). So I am thinking if we really want to manifest this and make it work, we need to come up with some way to 'report' our child's progress to the g'ment in such a way to keep them satisfied, while still allowing our children to be free to learn what they want, when they want. From my experience in schools, there are set outcomes for each year level that have to be 'checked off', so my thought is that maybe each child has his/her own list of outcomes that parents can check over the lifetime of their 'schooling' years, but not in any particular order. For example, perhaps at age 6 your child learns about and comprehends maths from 3 different school year levels but doesn't show any interest in reading or writing yet. The parent can then check off those mathematical outcomes and not worry about language until the child is ready, which may not be until the age of 9. I hope this is all making sense and not too confusing. It's a bit like the Russian school (on the DVD) where the children learn a whole subject in one year, that would take a child in regular school to learn over 5 years.
I also imagine this New Earth/Ringing Cedars School to be a bit like homeschool/unschooling amongst the different families in each domain where they come together to learn, not in a 'school' but in nature. Sitting against a tree or lying on the grass. All of the parents and people in each domain are the children's teachers and the children themselves teach one another. The children are learning about science through hands on gardening and their art lessons are when they are inspired to draw/paint/sculpt with pure joy, imagination and consciousness with their friends and family. Music lessons happen with other kin as they sing and play instruments around the campfire. Physical Education is covered by dancing barefoot on Mother Earth. Children learn about mathematics as they count the number of apples produced on the apple tree that season or when they are helping to build a new house/structure in the community they can estimate and measure.
Okay, enough of my babbling......would love to hear other's thoughts/ideas/experiences/etc
Love and Light,