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This article was posted by Lisa T. McElroy, an associate professor of law at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law.


This article was posted March 6, 2014 on www.Slate.com and is very much with the read.

Here's an excerpt:

Deciding to opt my two daughters out of Colorado standardizing testing seemed like a no-brainer. We aren’t permanent Colorado residents—we’re just here for one academic year while I’m a visiting professor at the University of Denver. My daughters, ages 13 and 14, are strong students. My husband and I see no educational benefit to the tests. My younger daughter experienced some serious test anxiety a couple of years back when taking Pennsylvania’s standardized tests.
And honestly, given three things—that, according to what a school administrator told me, Colorado law allows parents to refuse the testing on behalf of their children; that the testing enrollment forms include an option to “refuse testing”; and that we currently live in Boulder, one of the most liberal, individualistic towns in America—we truly didn’t think this would be a big deal.
Boy, were we wrong.
On Monday, about 15 minutes after I sent an email to the guidance counselors at the public high school and middle school informing them that I was opting my two daughters out, I got a call from the middle-school principal. I don’t know about you, but I can never get anyone from school to call me back in under a day or so. But here was the principal herself, instantaneously calling me in response to an email that I hadn’t even sent to her.
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, the relatively new set of statestandardized tests) would help my daughter on the ACT. Huh. Given that she’s only in seventh grade, I wasn’t buying that one. The principal then said that the test would show us how our daughter was doing academically. But we get a report card every six weeks, and we can follow her progress in real time through an online school portal that lists her grade on every assignment, so we’re all set in that regard. One more try. The test results, she said, reward teachers by showing them that they are doing a good job. My reaction: And seeing their students’ progress doesn’t?
But when the lawyer in me started pushing back, pointing out to the principal that none of her arguments was especially convincing, I got nowhere. Including off the phone. The principal kept going on. And on. And on. My daughter really should take it. She was the only child in the entire school who was opting out. She might feel weird, being different from all the other kids.
I told the principal that was a risk that I was willing to take. And then I told her that I was on my only break of the day, trying to have a bite of lunch, and I was going to have to go now.
Next up: an email from the high-school principal. True, this one was not directed solely at me—it was addressed to all ninth- and tenth-grade parents—but I had to wonder about the timing, given that it arrived only hours after my email to the school. In the email, the principal said, “[P]lease know that I am requesting all ninth and tenth grade students participate thoughtfully in the exam and do their absolute best for both themselves and our school. We really need your support!” He went on to describe the ramifications of not testing, including that the school’s rating might fall if enough kids did not participate, kids who didn’t take TCAPs would not get “growth projections” (is that code for “placed in high-level classes”?), and kids who didn’t test would be marked absent and might not be allowed to participate in athletics or extracurricular activities that day.
The high-school principal also mentioned that the tests helped prep students for the ACT and SAT; his argument was perhaps more logical than the middle-school principal’s when applied to high-school students but still without the support of empirical analysis or other evidence.
The next day the schools informed us that the kids could not be on school grounds during testing. For my older daughter, this wasn’t a big deal because TCAP lasted all morning, and she could just go into school at 1 p.m. But my middle-schooler had to go to school for first period, then come home, then go back to school three hours later. For several days. No, she couldn’t sit and read or work on a social-studies project in the school library.
She had to go home? OK. We complied. Luckily, as a law professor, I have a flexible schedule; as a full-time student, my husband does too. And so, on the first day of testing, I arrived to pick my daughter up at middle school at 9:25 a.m. I went into the office and checked her out. She and I started walking to my car. It was just as I started reaching for my keys that we realized that someone was in hot pursuit.
It was the middle-school assistant principal.
He was running after us.
He called out. “Mrs. McElroy, could I speak with you for a minute?” My daughter’s eyes grew wide. She’s not the kind of kid who ever really sees the principal. But now we had the assistant principal chasing her.
“Mrs. McElroy,” he said, “I know you’re an educator.” (Oh, goody, I thought, he’s been researching me.) “And I know you care about education.” (Yep, accurate.) “So I really hope you’ll reconsider letting your daughter take the test.”
How would you have responded? On the sidewalk? With your child?
But then he continued. “We support her. Why won’t you support our school?”
I can admit, that was a good line.
I smiled, shook his hand, and assured him that my husband and I had thought carefully about this decision. And then I got my daughter in the car and drove away.

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Man, a lot of commenters are seriously missing the point with the whole "special snowflake" snark. No one's against testing because it's too challenging for their kids. The testing is a waste of time. Join In
In other words, my decision to opt my kids out might have no real effect at all here in Colorado, but on the other hand if I support friends in other states in opting their kids out, I might cause teachers to be downgraded and schools to lose funding. How does any parent weigh those very real consequences against her commitment to doing what’s best for her kids? As my friend Maria McKenna, the senior associate director of the education, schooling, and society program at the University of Notre Dame, said to me last night, “It renders parents powerless when we hear about the crushing impact that opting out has on teachers and schools. But of course, teachers and administrators are powerless, too. It’s insidious.” Do I stand on my principles, both personal and political? Or do I put the interests of the very important people and institutions that educate my children above those of my kids? And how can I help ensure that more parents, teachers, administrators, and, yes, policymakers recognize the craziness that is our “accountability above all else” mentality?
For now, I’m opting out of making any permanent decision about my kids’ participation in high-stakes testing. But for those who say that these tests have no educational value, I disagree, at least to this extent: Opting out of them has been a real learning experience for me.

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My Son Wants To Play Video Games For A Living http://unschoolery.com/community/121958 Leo's recent post, "Won't Kids Just Watch TV And Play Video Games All Day?" inspired me to write this post, which I originally posted on my blog www.fathersonpicnic.com

My Son Wants To Play Video Games For A Living

I have a 12-year-old son.

My 12-year-old son loves to play video games.

My 12-year-old son loves to play video games all day long.

He told me he wants to make a living playing video games and posting clips of his games on Youtube.


Sure, I’ll support his dreams, but at the same time, every decent parental bone in my body is screaming, “BUT WHAT IF IT DOESN’T WORK OUT?! THEN WHAT WILL YOU DO INSTEAD?!?!”

Isn’t that typical? And kinda sad? Why is it that we tell our kids to “follow their dreams,” but then when they tell us what their dreams are, we tell them, “Oh, that’s not realistic. You should try to be something else like a ______.” Many parents want their kids to say that they want to become doctors, lawyers, dentists, firemen…stuff like that. We feel more safe with those career choices.

But honestly, are the odds of a kid becoming a doctor really any better than becoming a pro gamer and Youtuber? How many people drop out of med school or law school every year? How many kids who dreamed of becoming policemen really followed through and made the force? Yet we don’t discourage them from pursuing those careers. We don’t immediately blurt out, “That’s sounds fun, what else would you like to be?”

Many parents would be proud to stand around the water cooler and bust out a pic of “My little Johnny…the one in med school…” But we’d freak out and hesitate to pull out a pic of “My little Johnny…the one at home playing video games…” How would we explain that? Is that even a real thing? People don’t get paid to play video games and make little Youtube videos, right? What are the odds?

Well, for the record, the top video game player in the world made over $400,000 last year.

Just sayin’…

So yeah, becoming a pro gamer may sound like a longshot…like becoming a rock star or something, but so what? He can at least try. I’ll support my son in following his dream. If it works out, then it works out. And if it doesn’t…then what?

Then he’ll just do something else.

Duh. =P

Aloha, Chris

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Sun, 09 Mar 2014 07:19:07 +0000 http://unschoolery.com/community/121958
Unschooling, Parenting and Teen Rebellion? http://unschoolery.com/community/114629 This is a reprint of post originally posted on my blog here.

Unschooling, Parening & Teen Rebellion?

I have always thought the bond between Miro and myself was quite unique. We’ve always been very close and have established a relationship based on a tremendous amount of love and respect.

When I was pregnant, I read a lot of parenting books, as I was entering into this journey as a single mom. My intention: Be prepared. With all I had read, the concepts surrounding the “attachment parenting” resonated with me the strongest. And so, that’s the approach I took (and still take today).


Some of the conscious choices I made as a parent early on, are part of our lives to this day. I had decided from the start to never speak to Miro using ‘baby talk’. The underlying belief is to treat your child as if they were your equal, versus the common approach: Treating your child is a ‘half-person’, incapable of understanding because of their ‘disability’ of being young. By not respecting their capabilities of understanding, children learn that they are incapable, and that’s not what I want to teach my child. Bleh!!!

My approach was consistent and throughout Miro’s life whenever he’d ask me a question, I always honor him with a complete answer as if I was supplying an answer that was within his comprehension. I never dumbed down my responses and of course when he didn’t understand, I tried to explain things the best I could. Finally I always invited him to open up the subject with me anytime he wished to explore it again, either in the next five minutes or anytime in the future.

This is the show of respect he’s become accustomed to, and this has created the foundation of our relationship, which I see that paying off every day.

(+We’ve had some pretty amazing conversations about everything from politics, consciousness, humanity, death and dying to sex! And I have to say, it’s been a pure joy!)

Anger & Frustration

From an early age, I treated my role of the parent as the nurturer, a person who guided and facilitate my son, not the authoritarian. I looked upon the role of being my son’s parent as a distinct honor. The need for punishment or discipline comes from the child challenging or reacting to a set of circumstances. But what about normal anger & frustration? I never saw this as being an inconvenience, rather I see it as being a part of life.

When my son was a toddler and had a reaction to something and either got angry or upset, I was there, present with him and those emotions. My first reaction was always to affirm what he was feeling was real, that the way he perceived the situation was valid and most importantly, he was allowed to feel what he was feeling. I would sit with him while he scrunched up his little face and felt anger or frustration. I would just be there for him while he was experiencing that. In situations where he was really upset, I told him to feel what that felt like, gave him permission to be as angry as he needed to be, but when he was done, I’d be there waiting to talk about it. No rush, and total permission to be ok with the emotions he was feeling. And he always proceed though them on his own, as we always spoke about it after the anger had passed. And I feel the secret to raising a emotionally healthy child is to honor the feelings when they come up, allowing space to feel them and talk about the feelings without judgement.

Permission & Empowerment

As we’ve grown more comfortably into the unschooling lifestyle, I’ve consciously adapted the partnership approach. Miro knows he’s empowered to make his own choices in his life, and always has permission to do what he wants. Last week, I invited him to go to the ballet with me, he politely declined. That was his choice and I honored that. On the other hand, when he wants to spend time with his friends instead of going on a hike with me, I honor that too. My part of the partnership is to express my preferences to him and as long as he honors me by hearing them, acknowledging them and makes a choice based on his preferences, we’ve then successfully communicated. No guilt, no manipulation, no coercing. And through that empowerment, Miro always has my permission to do what he wants, and is empowered to make whatever choices he sees fit. Unconditional empowerment, all the time. And yes, I am willing to let him make mistakes too.

Stuff (the physical kind)

As we are talking about partnership, this flows into all aspects of our lives. If Miro wants something, he can have it. Sounds pretty simple, right? We have declared our journey (on or off the road) as a ‘partnership’. This covers the financial aspects of our lives as well. Miro always knows how much money we have in the bank, which frankly isn’t very much, as we pretty much live, month to month. He knows what it costs to live our lives here, in Peru. He knows what our expenses are and what we have left at the end of the month. And when he wants something, or asks for something, he consciously considers those factors. If WE can afford it, of course he can have it. It’s my pleasure to make sure he has it. And he never needs to jump through hoops, make promises, work for the money, or any other form of manipulation. Simply by being in partnership in our relationship, he is entitled to any or all of our money.


As far as rebelling? What does he have to rebel against? I was really rebellious when I was his age, talked to him about what I was feeling. Identified those things so when / if it comes up, he knows I understand. Sometimes he tells me he is experiencing overwhelming frustration over no reason. Asks to be alone and excuses himself because it must be ‘hormones’. That is self awareness. I am so honored to experience his development with him as a partner, versus the enemy.


I think the mainstream perceives ‘discipline’ in the family as the act of rigid rules being imposed from the parents and enforced either through corporal punishment or the stripping of privileges. However, this is not how discipline looks in our family.

For us, discipline in the traditional sense is non-existant. The closest thing for our family is our commitment to define our individual boundaries based on our individual needs, preferences and desires. I admit, there are only two of us, so it is likely simpler than with a larger family, but I believe the foundation of these approaches can work in almost every situation.

Have we ever had discipline problems? No. Are we prepared for them? Yes.

Do I think serious acts of rebellion will ever come up? Not really, because we have established an open line of communication, and it is seeded with respect and trust. But if it does, we can handle it.

We developed respect and space for emotions over the 13 years of our lives together and continue to practice these choices each and every day.

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Wild Beyond Wild, Calm Within Calm http://unschoolery.com/community/115581 This was originally posted on my blog over at Country Kid Farmers...

We have been Home Schooling for a bit now, and there have been good days and struggling days. My Ben is so much like me that we can butt heads. We are learning how to work together for mutual benefit.

In the process of beginning Home Schooling, I let the Homestead fall to the wayside. I started buying packaged foods because I didn't have time to make food. Something about that seemed like a loss.

As I look at the Tao for my weekly dose of Community Discussion on that topic (over at Tao Te Ching Daily), I find I am more drained and unsure than ever. What am I doing here? I have lost my way. (These are all sections of Chapter 38 of the Tao te Ching)

"The Master does nothing,

yet he leaves nothing undone.

The ordinary man is always doing things,

yet many more are left to be done"

That would be me - doing and doing and doing, and trying to pack knowledge into Ben and more and more and more is being left undone.


We live on a farm. There is so much to learn here about life and the cycle of life, the seasons, the planting and growing and harvesting, preserving, setting aside for later, living off what we have or make, bounty, wide open spaces, climbing trees, and building forts. This is what we focus on, and this is where we learn.

I am exploring Unschooling as a real option. My kids are curious. They always have questions. I want to go toward their curiosities, and not have to tell them those questions don't fit into our lesson plan. Life is education. Life is about learning and making mistakes and learning from them and trying again.

This is not easy to talk about because there are people who will think we've fallen off the face of the planet, that we are now raising wolves... well... we are in a way (see here, here and here). This is outside of the mold, and I know that. I like to be able to check off little boxes, so this will take some getting used to for me. However, this is the way my children learn best - by going off on little tangents of curiosity and delving into a subject, and reading up on it, or scouring the internet for ideas and answers to their questions. We are going to learn together, and play together, and build and design and do art, and raise animals and feed ourselves.

We have our first Music Lessons tonight, and we'll probably look at 4H or Future Farmers or something like that for some group activities.

My mind is full of hope and joy right now.

"When the Tao is lost, there is goodness.

When goodness is lost, there is morality.

When morality is lost, there is ritual.

Ritual is the husk of true faith,

the beginning of chaos."

I do not know what that means. Somehow, I am seeing that I enjoy ritual, and perhaps it is because I have lost my center. I am skirting the edges of chaos on a daily basis, and trying to bring ritual in as a way to save us. Perhaps there is something deeper. There are several more layers up that I need to go. I am clinging on to the lowest rungs on the ladder.

"Therefore the Master concerns himself

with the depths and not the surface,

with the fruit and not the flower.

He has no will of his own.

He dwells in reality,

and lets all illusions go."

In my desire to educate my children, I do not want to look at just the surface - the test scores, and whether they know dates and random names from History - I want to look at the depths - do they understand kindness and justice and respect?

There have always been revolutions. Why have people been revolting? That is a question worth asking and looking at and we will delve in to see history through the lens of art, and through the lens of rebels and wild men, of people seeking a better life for themselves, of sages seeking sanctuary. We will explore dance through the ages, and inventions through the ages, building projects and design conundrums - because these are the things that interest my boys. I think we will learn plenty. With joy.

I am letting go of the illusions that I know what they need, or that the education system knows what they need or will need in 20 years. The world is going to be more different than we can fathom. Kids that learn to figure things out on their own will thrive.

This may be the direction I have always wanted to go - the Little House on the Prairie sort of learning style - reading as a family and working together and figuring stuff out as we go.

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Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:20:12 +0000 http://unschoolery.com/community/115581
Encouraging My Kids to Explore http://unschoolery.com/community/114427 I have a son soon turning 6 who is cramped in a small classroom all day, without any chance of playing outside. He does learn there how to focus and be patient and he draws a lot there. He also has some pals and even plays with the girls when there are no other boys around. He is sometime critical of the schooling system himself, saying they don't really teach him there, but he may have picked that up from something I said to his mom.

What I try to do to keep a healthy balance is to take him out early each day if I can manage it, and if it's not too wet or too cold we go out for an exploration walk in nature. We can walk by the riverside which is very close, and then reach some "uncharted" land with hidden "islands". He finds stuff on the ground and we meet animals and discover plants and nice stones.

Lately he displays a strong interest in money and how to make it. He comes up with fantastic ideas, like setting up a "shop" and successfully selling us and his grandparents things that we already own. He is so fascinated with the subject that he learned to multiply 5 by 10 just to figure out how he can get a note of 50. He is quickly getting around the point that people give money in exchange for products and services, and is now offering us valuable services that will generate more money for him.

Last year he was attending a private kindergarten where he could play outside and have more exploration time and one-on-one tutoring. But also then we had to keep a balance and make sure he gets input from me and my wife. I used to take him to watch some great movies and showed him some cool stuff on the web. We taught him how to ride a bike, how to build complicated lego spaceships using the instructions, and then how to build whatever you want without any instructions. I also took him with me to my office a couple of times, to get a feeling of what adults do when they say they go to work. I remember my dad taking me to work as kid - these are some of my longest lasting childhood memories, and I believe the same goes for my children.

There is a strong social case in favor of going to kindergarten and school, and I don't want to deprive my kids of that. At the same time, I had attended what was considered one of the best schools in my country and ended up feeling like I wasted 12 years learning nothing useful or meaningful. That said, I realize today that many of my classmates went on to do some interesting stuff in their lives, and I could find a footprint of our school in some of the choices taken later in life, when, as young adults, a subject or a cause attracted some of us more than others who attended other institutions.

It seems to me that there is still room for schooling, as well as unschooling, and that trying to strengthen my kids' positive traits and interests, while balancing what they experience in the educational system with what is missing there - is a good middle path to take and a reasonable preparation for adulthood.

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How does unschooling influence self-esteem? http://unschoolery.com/community/114413 I'm new to the concept of unschooling, but I'm hearing about it from many directions. I'm intrigued with this idea, and I'm seriously considering taking this path with my daughter, who is now just approaching 3.

A thought that came to me after reading multiple posts the other night by Leo was about how self-esteem may be cultivated/harmed depending upon how one is schooled.

The idea of being in a classroom and conforming to the standards and expectations of what one "should" know and be able to do seems, to me, like a recipe that would be more likely to cause harm to one's developing self-esteem. We know self-esteem and self-worth are big issues in our society. How might schools be contributing to this problem?

There are many factors in our society that don't help us feel good about ourselves and tell us we are not good enough. Is the mainstream system in which we school our children also playing a big role? Having grades and "good"/"bad" students promote comparing one's self to others--not a desire to explore and learn.

Being new to this form of education (but not really because it seems like the natural way to learn), I'm only starting to explore what the implications might be with respect to a child. To me, it seems like a recipe for an empowered and confident child. I imagine the parent-child connection is much stronger in this instance, which I think to be such an essential piece of one's self-esteem. How much one feels unconditionally loved and accepted by their parent(s) plays a huge role in one's degree of self-worth, in my opinion.

So, couple the parent-child connection with an increased level of self-sufficiency and lack of comparison to one's classroom cohort, and I would suspect an unschooled child would have a greater potential to have a strong sense of self-worth and esteem.

What have you all noticed with your unschooled kids? What have your experiences been? I'm curious if there is anything to my speculations.

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The magic portal between how we treat our kids and how we treat ourselves http://unschoolery.com/community/114404 This is a reprint of the post that appears today on my blog. You can read the original here.

When I decided to homeschool, all my reasons were about my kids.

I wanted better things for them than the boredom, anxiety and isolation I felt in school. I wanted learning to be spacious and breathtaking and fun. I wanted a family that spent most of its day together.

Seven years later, all those reasons still resonate with me.

But there’s another reason why I unschool that has a lot more to do with me.

The life we’re living rubs off on me just as much as it does on them...

This month I interviewed Addie Zierman, and she talked how the phrase “intentional parenting” makes her anxious.

As we chatted, I wondered if Addie could see into my brain, because words like “intentional’ throw me for a loop too. I feel like I need to live up to something. I need to do more.

That anxiety is one reason I choose to unschool. When considering home education with my eldest in utero, I knew I would drive everyone around me crazy if I tried to school traditionally. Like Bert sings in Mary Poppins, my default is to grind, grind, grind at that grindstone. I am relentless when it comes to doing, to improving, to being just slightly type-A.

Unschooling assumes that the teaching and learning can happen without anyone grinding anything. That empty space and joy will create magic. That books and blocks and princess clothes serve as a fine curriculum. That play is actually work in disguise.

My work would be more stepping back and letting go than hovering. That sounded hard but sane. I saw friends unschooling; their kids learned a surprising amount of academic facts.

I took a deep breath and jumped.

I don’t regret that decision at all, because I see my kids getting the things I hoped for them.

But just as important: I’m getting that same sort of life to boot.

How? Because how we treat our kids is a magic portal to how we treat ourselves.

I started wondering: I’m giving them freedom to do X, and they thrive. What if I gave myself more freedom?

I started noticing: I give them permission to not be ready for reading, or math, or fill-in-the-blank, and when they are ready they take off like a rocket. What if I gave myself that same space?

I saw that many of the expectations, hurry, anxiety, schedules and grading of school are actually quite optional, and I wondered: Is there any other thing in my life I’m agreeing to without good reason?

I’m not saying that if you unschool, these attitudes will magically set themselves on your shoulders, or that I have them perfectly figured out. I’m not saying you have to homeschool to experience them.

But I know I see this more clearly after seven years of unschooling.

I see that the freedom I give to my kids will rub off on me.

Letting go of anxiety will lighten not just my shoulders, but my kids’.

The patience and grace I give myself will affect how I parent.

How I treat my kids is a magic portal into my heart–and vice versa.

Please don’t take this as me saying you should do better.

Instead, think this: If I give myself grace for being who I am today, I am extending that grace to my kids, too.

Think this: That over-and-over patience I have with my daughter is a deep patience with myself.

Think this: The freedom and creativity I say yes to today is a legacy I’m creating for my son.

Because how we treat other people—especially people we have power over–matters. How we live out our lives in the wiping of noses and making of lunches matters. How we pursue our passions and make playdoh cupcakes matters.

It matters because no matter how small, how humble, and how unintentional, every small decision will be writ large in the sky of our becoming.

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What are your thoughts on how race and socio-economic status effect http://unschoolery.com/community/113357 What are your thoughts on how race and socio-economic status effect "unschooling" your child?

My fear is that minority children will have a hard time with unschooling only because of how they may be perceived.

I guess to this point, you would have to be comfortable with the risk it but is it an unbearable risk with a dead end?

I would love to hear your thoughts and prospective.

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Ding Dong Merrily Upon High http://unschoolery.com/community/103717 It does often seem that building a young child into an adult is a challenge to complex for even the most gifted and sensitive of parents and that society as a whole must enter into the challenge of raising the child. Indeed such a hypothesis stretches back to those most ancient of days in which the human race had not yet reached even a primitive stage of civilization. For, lo, in those ancient days the whole community would be responsible for the child, as is still the case today, if one chooses to home school a child, what does one do when one is eaten by a lion? And yet among us still today are those so ardently opposed to the very concept of society that they seek to isolate their child and hide them from the truth of the world, somewhat akin to the prisoners in Plato's allegory. And yet, eventually such a child must mature and escape the cave and be thrust into a world not of their parents, nay, a world in which such shadows are revealed to be illusions. Indeed, in such a scenario it could be argued that the parent is afraid to let their child escape their cave, and will seek to prevent the necessary onset on adulthood. For this is the greatest crime, to deny a human being, regardless of parentage, the ability to defend oneself in the world, to turn one's back on society and refuse to participate in the greater heritage of our species. Yet such people still exist in today's world, and it is disturbing that so many people wish to isolate themselves away in a cave of their own making, to merely watch shadows dancing on the wall of their caves, and refuse to accept the glory of reality and our destiny as a species, as a world, as a civilization. And when such people assume a position of power and choose further to erode such a society the damage they do to the future generations is incalculable.

The greatest fools are those who deny they are in the cave.

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What are your biggest "pain points" with teaching and learning? How can we make it better? http://unschoolery.com/community/107973 Hi everyone, I have really enjoyed following along in this space, and especially reading Leo's blogposts. I am an educator, doing some research to try to find out what are some of the biggest issues for teaching and learning, both in the public schools, and in home schools/unschools. If you wouldn't mind taking a super short survey, I'd really appreciate it! Please look at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YN2YD7T and thanks so much in advance! Contributing your voice will really make a difference!

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