“Homeschoolers Are Weird”

6 06 2011

Visit Chris O’Donnell’s blog for a wonderful presentation he made on the freedom to be weird.

http://www.odonnellweb.com/2011/06/homeschoolers-are-weird/

Nance

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6 06 2011
COD

The direct link (for when it scrolls off the front page) is http://www.odonnellweb.com/2011/06/homeschoolers-are-weird/

6 06 2011
JJ

Might be really good timing, too. Weird unschooling on NPR today: How One Kid Is Grateful He Stayed Home

Up until a year ago, I could barely spell . . . Most parents would have intervened in this situation, but my mom says there’s a cost to that.

“When you force someone to do something, especially when they’re a child and there’s an imbalance and a power relationship anyway, they lose part of their will and their confidence that they know what’s right for them,” she says.

“And I think that’s a pretty high cost for being a good speller.”

7 06 2011
NanceConfer

And I just started my day with a wonderful email from a local Mom who had been unschooling but not calling it that. Her child is graduating, with honors, from a local high school soon and she attributes that to unschooling. Especially since she had been given dire warnings about his future when he was in elementary school.

7 06 2011
NanceConfer

I love this part from JJ’s link, talking about the author’s younger brother:

“. . .He’s bored a lot because he’s in between interests, and yet he’s nervous about trying new things.

“I had a similar problem when I was his age. It’s part of growing up unschooled. We don’t have as much pressure from school and friends telling us what to like, so it’s our responsibility to figure out how to spend our time.”

That is just a wonderful way of looking at things. A pre-teen who is allowed the time to figure out what he wants to do and isn’t booked solid with “activities” is not a problem. That’s his opportunity to “figure out how to spend his time.”

Nance

7 06 2011
JJ

It’s parents who have to discipline themselves! 😀
The kids are all right.

Young Son does do astonishingly weird things, as I’ve posted often. He left us gaping in awe at the beautiful intricacy and sheer stamina of his Irish dance performances Sunday, after which he was soaking wet and beaming like a star. OTOH he sleeps so much and so deeply — literally half of each 24 hours (mostly daylight hours) and then wakes up like he’s dragging himself back from the dead. So as I miss him and sometimes worry about him, I am disciplined enough to remind myself how much happier we both are, separated by Sleep than by School. 😉

7 06 2011
JJ

“We don’t have as much pressure from school and friends telling us what to like, so it’s our responsibility. . . “

Young Son suddenly read a trilogy, Hunger Games, in a week, I suspect because someone he likes (a girl) recommended it. He left off in the middle of an alternate history using time travel (1632) to do it. Oh, and he and a musical theatre buddy are unabashed Darkwing Duck comic fans.

If reading what his reading friends are reading is the worst peer pressure he faces, I’m all for it . . .

7 06 2011
COD

There have been times I’ve tried to use peer pressure to get my kids to do things, and it always fails miserably. Both of them seem to be immune. Neither has a Facebook account – by choice. They don’t see the point. The fact that all their friends are already there seems to mean nothing to them.

Weird indeed!

7 06 2011
NanceConfer

That’s a great thing to be immune to!

Shots for everyone? Or just the adults? 🙂

Nance

7 06 2011
JJ

😀
Btw the adult shot I’ve been looking forward to is the pricey shingles vaccine, which my insurance wouldn’t cover before age 60, until the new law changed things as of June 1. Now next time I get a physical, I can protect myself from one worry at least.

7 06 2011
JJ

Has everyone seen Dale McGowan’s new interview?

DM: Authoritarianism at all levels—individual, familial, national, societal—is a response to fear. When we are afraid, we retreat into that limbic brain. We respond with violence, intolerance, and a whole range of other pathologies. It’s never our finest moment.

The best thing we can do to move parents toward a more positive parenting model is to diminish fear about outcomes. . . .The same applies above the parenting level. We need to show that nonviolence, diplomacy, negotiation, reason, and other alternatives to aggressive problem-solving have a long history of effectiveness.

Too much of public and private life right now is fear-fed, fear-driven, fear-multiplying. (Tonight Chris Matthews did a final words segment about Sarah Palin not caring about history or good governance despite her blather, that all she knows and wants is fear so we’ll be kept in a state of constant simmering rebellion, like the colonists felt against Britain.)

7 06 2011
JJ

“”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. . .”

8 06 2011
Lynn

Hi Chris,
Just thought I’d add that I enjoyed the video, too. 🙂

8 06 2011
COD

Thanks Lynn 🙂 12 comments here on my presentation, none on my own blog. What’s up with that?

8 06 2011
JJ

If you’re serving cookies, we’ll meet you over there!
(Sharp new look, too!)

9 06 2011
Lynn

Chris,
I actually went to your blog intending to comment, saw that no one else had, so decided to leave mine here instead… though I, too, can be lured back with cookies.

17 06 2011
bpbproadrunner

Okay, loved the Homeschoolers are Weird video–That really made my week! And I love, Here’s to the Crazy Ones. I really need to get that mojo going again so I can model that for my little crazy offspring!

18 06 2011
JJ

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