the network for radical unschooling families
In another discussion someone made a comment:
"[Radical unschooling is] a great word for what has been done for thousands of years by many traditional peoples."
Is it? Or is that a somewhat glamorized view of traditional lifestyles, a variation of "in the good old days..."?
If some traditional lifestyles do represent a kind of radical unschooling, how does that play out in the modern world?
***The influence of TV is as strong as any religion or traditional controlled environment.
It seems most of us live in TV's grip.***
I don't think so. That study you cited seems suspect to me. Any time there is a significant change in a culture there will be some negative consequences. Was television really the only thing that changed in that instance? Would censured television have been better?
Anyway, it's a huge logical leap to say from that study that we are all controlled by television. My daughter has gone months without watching any television when she had free access to it. Years if you don't count DVDs.
I'd write more but my shows are on. **walking like a zombie, eyes glazed over** must go watch television, must go watch television...
****For example, I've read stories of a tribal South American woman who married an American. If I recall correctly, she had never watched TV, and soon after arriving in USA, she was right into Coca-cola****
Was this story by any chance sponsored by Pepsi? :) If a tribal woman emigrates to America and then drinks American soft drinks I find it hard to be concerned about that. It seems like a natural thing to happen with or without TV.
****I would suggest we (in the modern world) still don't know how to make unlimited TV work. As I understand it, radical unschooling is a suggested way to make it work. Bring it on!****
Ah, yes, but part of "making it work" is not to see TV (or junk food or the internet or video games or anything else) as an evil, scary boogieman that controls us and our children and turns us all into mindless consumers in the first place.