Monday, February 22, 2010

Rambles to Gary

The other night I took the photos OF A LIFETIME... in succession .. by the fire ... Ariston in amazing animation.. like stills in a cartoon..omg he did long face, short face, sad face, cute face, scrunched face.. popeye..
was so excited about these shots that when I was uploading them - I didn't... worse I cleared them from the thumbstick...

The blog is updating .. finally.. jeese what a pain.. techno.. crap
Picassa wants me to buy space... $5/year... didn't think picassa reaching capacity would affect blog... worse, keep it from updating until you divine this reason for your blog not working...

We are camping on the coast.. doing some Skyping.. Trying not to mess with computer crap too much... nice day at the beach today

Know what I realised is the coolest.. With a laptop (which we need, make it a mac), Tether, Droid and Skype I could video call from the seashore or mountaintop.. how cool is that. can you imagine realtime skyping while skiing down a slope or splashing in the waves..

Not sure when we are leaving here or if we are going south first then east, north east first then... ? or... ?? we'll see... but we'll just keep gettin' on and making sure we're having fun.. this sure is a tough place to leave..


What Unschooling is not

We cannot tell you what unschooling is when the point of unschooling is to unleash the individual. Because to nurture self-expression and inspiration and find the unique individual purpose within, is different for everyone.

We cannot tell you what unschooling is going to be for you and your children because unschooling is an individual experience. We can only refer to what unschooling is not. Each individual has a multitude of possibilities and inspirations. It is our role as parents to lend support and guidance so our children can realize their purpose as it comes to them.

This unfolding process can appear through examples and experiences, mentors. As long as you're there in support and as facilitator you offer opportunity to learn via freewill according to inner directive. That 'stewardship,' of our children, is the role as we see it, as parents. We learn as much from our children as we expect them to learn from us.

Unschooling is not instructive but constructive. Unschooling is not curriculum nor assessment based but more about becoming, about faith in natural processes unfolding, rites of certain passage. The best we can do most of the time is get out the way. Unschooling is not a rat-race but self-paced. Unschooling is not competitive but cooperative. Unschooling does not sacrifice the individual for the whole but waters the roots to enjoy the fruits..

At home with

At home with

Missing component in Education today

One critical missing component of typical education today is a focus on the development of Emotional Intelligence. You have probably heard of it. It ultimately has to do with the empowerment phase necessary of balanced education. This is opposed as you know to disempowerment. People who are achieved in emotional intelligence can actually put knowledge to work effectively. Those with limited experience in this area accumulate knowledge in the left brain while the right brain gets a headache. Connections become lost due to fragmented understanding. As coursework was taught to them in fragmented ways so goes the confused, undeveloped in emotional development and disempowered not knowing why. By designing the modern-cultural aspects of education devoid of relevant connection with emotional intelligence, modern culture is, by-design neutered. .. Devoid of the tools necessary for its' own empowerment. . Something critical to us all, at such rapidly transitory times.. We must evolve and Adapt. An immediate good first step could be a degree of Unschooling for all teachers with emphasis and inclusion to learning how to bring E.I. to the class.