“Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.” —Cicero
Even though Aly is in college now, I continue to think about unschooling quite often.
I have to admit, I sometimes question whether advocating unschooling is a wise idea or not.
I thoroughly believe in the concept, and have seen incredible success with it. However, there are two components that are, I feel, absolutely necessary: 1) an intelligent, curious child, and 2) intelligent, engaged parents. Without these two, unschooling will fail. Continue reading 'Unschooling Without Commitment Seems Destined to Fail'»
According to the method by which we observe the seasons, autumn came to the homestead more than two weeks ago. We’ve just passed the family event that make mentioning autumn inpolitic in our household. Our natural harvesting cycle has reached full swing, the days are growing noticeably shorter, and the weather, which never felt really summery, tells us clearly that autumn has come.
Most significantly, today we’re observing an American cultural ritual that has cemented the season’s presence in our lives since Michelle and I were quite small: Aly departs for school today.
A favorite from a series of family self portraits taken recently (Photo: Mark Zeiger).
Continue reading 'Autumn Encroaches'»