Whether we decide to school, homeschool or unschool our children, we need to understand that schooling does not happen in the school establishment anyway. By the age of five or six, our children have already been schooled by their guardians, and to a great extent have already shaped their basic personality.
The establishment, in each country, is a mirror of the collective belief systems that its citizens have adopted. But now things are changing. We find that we need to connect on a global basis, more and more. The internet and technology in general has shown us that we are above all humans and inter-connected. Whatever happens at any random place in the world affects us all, at one point or another, sooner or later.
The issue is not to dismiss our cultures or our social characteristics, to deny our individuality. The real challenge right now is to connect through diversity, to embrace our differences and to have compassion. All add up to the larger picture, every individual contributes to the creation of the whole.
Are we prepared to accept this new challenge? Are we willing to leave our own comfort zones and reach out to other humans for the purpose of creating a world where each is accepted, each is respected through personal responsibility for our thoughts, feelings and actions?
We would like to contribute in our special way as parents and professionals, each in our field but also outside of it, to making this world a better place, our lives worth living and to leave it better than we received it. There are no “specialists”, for as soon as we believe we are, we limit ourselves to our knowing (which is always narrow, considering the unknown). We learn from our mistakes and appreciate life enough to rise above our believed limits. We contribute to one another but ultimately We guide ourselves. Thus, we have a greater responsibility to our children. We give them who we are.