I just came across a Catholic mom’s free home education curriculum philosophy (with video) based on the same core resources we’ve loved as secular unschoolers!
Consider this a fun little sidetrip along the epic journey of self-discovery that is our Christian versus secular curriculum evaluation project at Lynn’s.
For a contrasting example, conservative Christian blogger mom Spunky once defined her overall homeschooling curriculum goal with this:
A well-educated child is one who knows and loves the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength; and loves their neighbor as themselves. That’s not proven by a standardized test score, but demonstrated daily in a life lived in obedience and service to Him.
This works for conservative Christians — school football players in the South for example, seem very well-educated if Christianity is the standard and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is the measure. But my thoughtful, well-educated, creative-class children would be dismissed as idiot failure barbarians under that definition (excepting the universal humanist nod to the neighbors, who they always count as equal to themselves, better than most Christians I meet.)
I remember puzzling over a related post at her place, in which one teen son was being taught how contemplative bible study holds every answer, even to modern secular education issues such as video games and television. (Need I add there’s no television in that home’s education?)
So meaningful overlap between Spunky and Snook curriculum isn’t realistic. This particular Christian curriculum approach by its own intent, excludes the secular life of the mind almost as if it sees the purpose of education as inoculation against any other way of thinking and learning but obedience and submission to infallible Authority as defined by one’s elders.
The antithesis of what I consider education.
OTOH Lazy Catholic Mom’s curriculum works both for her AND for me. 😀
The Animaniacs and especially The Simpsons are huge around here, more Young Son than FavD but learning is naturally integrated when we’re at home together — we all learn from each other’s pursuits. It rubs off.
FavD is acting as Chief Justice of SCOTUS in her honors national government class moot court, presiding over five cases drawn from reality but set in The Simpsons’ cartoon town of Springfield. . .
She’s finding that she knows enough to be pretty active in the questioning, connecting cases and principles that weren’t in the materials and no one else brought up.
That’s why my old posts are not about obedience and submission to authority as education. As I like to quote, Mortimer Adler’s definition of education was “the freeing discipline of wonder.” Religious education seems like an oxymoron then, unless we change our definition of religion to match, make it freeing rather than oppressive, wondrous rather than warlike, open to questions and new discovery and change. That was the thought when I wrote this:
Maybe human spirituality is evolving [for the next cultural era] as we discover and accept truths not through patriarchal personification and studying “authoritative” writings spelled out for our dutiful performance on demand, but through an “unschooled” direct and democratic if you will, personal connection [to our own inner selves,] to each other, and to the universe as a system?
For some snooking around on tv, cartoons and musical theatre as power of story for home education, see
Nothing is Sexier Than a Baritone — Fav D unschools with Howard Keel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and other musical movies
Ignorance Makes the N-word Even Scarier — Ragtime as history, culture and loving thy neighbor too
Finally, I remembered conservative Christian dad Scott Somerville who with his family, markets a home education curriculum called Tapestry of Grace. He and I nevertheless had great overlap in our (imo well-educated) ideas about education as worldly power of story, not just bible study. Here’s an example on one such conversation I wish the home education community could move back toward, as neighbors loving each other and the whole world, and loving learning with all our kids not as competitors for the favor of Authority but as the only power of story that counts as real education:
My point here is what’s in people’s heads, harmful ideas and beliefs that policy cannot fix. Stuff that hurts children when parents and teachers and role models get it all twisted. You have to THINK, not just take the written rules and beat each other over the heads with them until the stronger, louder, ruder, more heavily armored warriors are left standing.
. . . to me the obscenity was hers and it was spiritual, not really flesh-based at all. Her prudish and self-righteous hysteria, about skin and eyeballs and biological differences, completely missed the deeper magic (like Aslan versus the White Witch) — modesty, self-control, courage, family, compassion, civility, conflict resolution.