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"The Crazy Ones"

When I felt that I was 'losing it', because I just did not seem to 'fit' in, I found this at the beginning of an unschooling book. I LOVED it, I had never seen the ad campaign or the Apple posters, and it just SPOKE to me.
I wanted to share it with anyone who also has never seen it.

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Apple 'Think Different' ad.

Discussion Forum

Have any parents experienced personal radical transformation since starting to unschool.

Started by Louise Gibson. Last reply by Krystal Macy Dec 6, 2012. 8 Replies

I would like to know if there are any other parents out there, who have themselves gone through transformations in their OWN lives because of the difference in the freedom your family can have from…Continue

So frustrated with extended family

Started by Sheila Ritter. Last reply by Jean Godar Sep 22, 2012. 4 Replies

So, my sister in law is getting involved with my family, after 9 years of noncommunication. Her main focus? My 9 year olds education. Or in her thinking, lack of education.She will be here in August,…Continue

The LEA in our life

Started by Cheroona Vicky Sievey. Last reply by Morag Donnachie Mar 19, 2011. 2 Replies

We have unschooled since time began and our daughter as part of that has tried out different styles of education.  Her most recent was three weeks at a Steiner School (not actually a proper Steiner…Continue

Tags: steiner, unschooling, LEA

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Comment by blisssoup on May 12, 2012 at 12:07am

I understand your doubts. I have them too. Is my daughter learning enough when I can't test and quantify what she knows? People ask: Where's her schedule? What are her chores and responsibilities? Why is she in 5th grade and doing 3rd grade math? How do you expect her to learn x, y, and z? 

And then my daughter comes down stairs with a fitness plan, endless enthusiasm and a whole new collection of dance moves. I think she's beautiful and perfect the way she is. She'll be okay, math and writing done or not.

Creativity and the ability to listen to their hearts, that what we give our unschoolers. They'll change our world for the better with their authentic offerings. They'll be at peace with themselves because they have not had to give that up to fit into the system. 

Brightest blessings,


Comment by mishel on April 24, 2012 at 4:57pm

hello everyone

i know in my heart that time spent doing green wood work, sowing seeds planting food, walking in the woods talking about our spirit ,  attempting to make changes in our lives  (ways of thinking and living)and getting away from much praised civilisation  etc is the path we need to walk


i still worry

worry no math done

worry didnt do any writting

worry this worry that

caught in the void between 2 existences

surrounded by unlike minded folk.

i have moments of clarity and knowing that all is well and how it should be but then comes doubt

my eldest child is in school, i see the work she does

i see the propaganda in some of it

i see the pointlessness of some of it

i see the pressure to perform

the wrongness of home work...................etc

BUT still i worry

anyone else out there with similar feelings?

home schooling and unschooling should not be hard

i dont want it so,  i feel school(one child attended state school for6 years , one for 4yrs)   has made them emotionally unable to deal with math and writing and i don't know how to undo the trauma they experienced deep inside and out of view of their conscious self.

worry and doubt fills me when i see them floating around even when its a beautiful thing to simply BE

the anxiety is all ME

they so SO much happier at home (out of school)

it seems my DE schooling taking too long for me, i seem to be applying pressure on myself, and when that is communicated to my children i get very unhappy with myself and more worried. and its NEVER positive

i read not too long ago and i dont know who said it

'while we are busy worrying about what our children will become we are forgetting that they are someone now' 

anyway friends that my share for the day

love n light x

Comment by Kathy T. on April 11, 2011 at 12:50pm
Hey, all. I was curious and have a question for you. We are in a slump. I can't seem to get myself motivated or the kids. They are at each others throats and prefer to stay at home. I'm just at a loss as to how to get us going. We've gone through these before and always have come out. But, now the boys are older and seem to be a bit meaner to each other.
Comment by alecia on March 30, 2011 at 9:53am
hi fellow unschoolers, great to meet ya'll, it so helps to chat with other unschoolers.  We tried several homeschooling approaches and this is the one that works well for our family.
Comment by joanne on March 11, 2011 at 3:28am

hello all :)

    i'm jo and new here and also this is my first day of home schooling too


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