Monthly Archives: November 2011

A nothing happened kind of day

Today was one of those days when nothing happened. We woke up. I got coffee. It was warm. Spoke to my Mom at length. (hi Mom!) Went shopping for Christmas presents for Maya & Ben’s friends. Bought ink for my … Continue reading

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Ron Paul & the Dept. of Education

Ron Paul is in favor of doing away with the Federal Dept. of Education.  On his webpage, he says that education decisions should be made at the state, local and personal level;  that “parents should have the right to spend … Continue reading

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Music and Movies, just cause it’s Friday

This post has nothing to do with life learning, or unschooling, or education. Except you might learn about some music or movies with which you weren’t previously familiar.  Or not.    Believe it or not, there are days when I don’t … Continue reading

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Those ‘whip out the list’ days

We all have those days.   Those days when we look around and think that everyone else has the perfect situation;  that we must be doing something wrong because why can’t we figure out how to live the way they do?   … Continue reading

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A final quote (maybe) from Michael Ellsberg’s book

This pretty much speaks for itself: Our education system, as it stands, from kindergarten through graduate school, is the opposite of resilience, flexibility, and adaptability.  It teaches a narrow set of academic/analytic skills, mostly divorced from the practicalities of life, … Continue reading

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Self expression or it’s only hair

Maya wanted to dye one section of her hair blue.    This seemed a very reasonable request, and today, after one failed attempt using a dye that claimed you didn’t need to lighten the hair first (you do), we achieved the … Continue reading

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Have a little faith

Faith is something I think you need a lot of to be a life learner in our culture.  Not religious faith, but a belief and complete trust in your kids and their abilities, and also in yourself and your family.     … Continue reading

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I’ll add the title

Gabrielle Zevin, author of some of Maya’s favorite books, today tweeted a link to her Sunday Confession (on a page called Gabrielle Zevin Writes – you’ll need to scroll down a bit to see the confession.) I absolutely love this … Continue reading

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Life learning life goals

Based on current data, I think it is very likely that my daughter Maya will grow up to be an entrepreneur/business owner of some sort.   What form this will take is anybody’s guess at this point, but she has so … Continue reading

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Schooled responses vs. well….’un’schooled

The New York Times, in its’ online Education section, has been running a series of articles under the heading “Student Opinion”.   They ask students age 13 or older to comment on articles pertaining to different education-related subjects.    This morning someone … Continue reading

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