Radical unschooling means respecting my children as individuals in every area of life.
how long have you been unschooling or homeschooling?
I first learned about unschooling when I was pregnant with Will in 2005, but I really got going with deschooling myself in 2007.
first names of children
Will (born Sept 05) and Elias (born Sept 07)
a little about me
I moved back to Washington State after starting a family with my husband in North Carolina. Our family is considering moving to Mexico in the future. I enjoy theatre arts and reading about sustainable housing, gardening, and food. I do a lot of baking (especially bread), and I like to run and cycle. I'm fascinated by languages. I like bats (the living sort). I am involved with a nonprofit that provides support services to adults with disabilities.
I was rather limited in my comment the first go around (200 characters I think). Anyway, I just found that zero waste blog recently and was reading through the posts from the beginning. I was feeling just as that commenter who she made an example out of (the post which you replied much more compassionately to, in my opinion). I would never have responded so calmly or eloquently. I feel those same things for her children, spouse, friends that you brought up (can you imagine being the 'very good friends' who she returned the broken pieces of 250 water balloons to? if you saw that post.) I am so glad you said those things! Good for you! I thought what you wrote was very fair but Bea is one blogger who does NOT welcome anything that is even remotely critical. I know that's turned a lot of people away from her blog due to her approach and austerity. (Yes, she welcomes her children's art--as long as it's able to be photographed in black and white in 5 x 7 format with mostly white background so it fits with the decor of her stair risers, etc.) Hopefully you've planted a seed for her so when she starts to see her children squirreling candy wrappers away in their pockets (or much more inventive ways to hide their waste as they grow up I'm sure!) she'll have some basis for re-evaluating her approach. It's so disheartening, to see how one person's ideology can get forced upon their loved ones (and how many of the other commenters didn't GET that). I too would LOVE to have a zero waste lifestyle myself but it's not compatible with my family's priorities. So thank you again for saying what you did! I understand those feelings though, I once called out a blogger for a racist sentiment she perpetuates simply by the TITLE of her blog and was so disheartened by her response I have not been back since.
If you're going to be in Lacey by April, are you considering attending the Live Is Good Conference in late May in Vancouver, WA? We'll be there!
hi sally, sorry about the spammers. i have a spam moderator and myself trying to stay on top of it. in the past there was discussion about making the group private, but the idea of keeping all this amazing information about unschooling private is not my intention and a lot of people agreed. so that people will have access, especially those new to the philosophy, we kept it public. so that means sometimes there is spam. i hope that doesn't keep you away from RUN. =)
Hi Sally! I was thinking about you too and wondering if you came to see your family here for Christmas and got stuck in our strange storm. I meant to ask you *before* you would come out in case you wanted to meet at the park or for coffee or something. I thought it would be fun :) Thank you for saying you liked that post. I had been thinking about it a lot before that and I'm glad I was able to explain it well. Definitely not always the case! Thank you for thinking of me and pinging me. :)
Hi Sally! Yup, that was me on AlwaysLearning. Was it the thing about my son and video games? I thought maybe it was in that discussion. I'm glad you liked it - I appreciate hearing it :) A tangent... but Margaret is a surprisingly uncommon name. I haven't run across any other unschooling Margarets, although I would expect that there are some somewhere. It is a common name, but not for younger people. I just checked the social security site (http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/) and Margaret was one of the 10 most popular names from when they started counting in 1880 up through 1939. It was in the top 100 when I was born in 1974 but I've only actually met one other Margaret in my life. Now it is ranked 173. Kind of fun to look at the trends, actually :) I was thinking about you the other day, too. I hadn't realized that you were thinking about moving to Mexico! I was hoping you would come back to Washington, but Mexico sounds like an exciting possibility. What is drawing you to think about moving there?
I hadn't really thought about RU and religion. I guess for us it just comes down to letting her make her own choices. As she gets older and starts asking I'll probably try to make sure she has access to as much information about as many different religious ideas as she seems interested in.
Cool - I figured it out. I just added them to my photos (emailed them to myself using the RUN email address they made for me) instead of uploading them to the box on the main page. It made a slideshow all by itself. Thank you!!!
Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. You're my first! (Awwwww...) I love the photos. I tandem nursed Rachel and Ethan for 10 months. and then Rachel quit. That seems like oh so long ago. :o)
We're theater folks around here, too. Rachel and I are currently rehearsing for Fiddler on The Roof.
I'll be driving through NC this Saturday (8/9). We'll either go to Carowinds or Discovery Place. But CERTAINLY eat dinner at The Red Sea (Ethiopian) restaurant.