DSM: RE: Homeschooling and the sense of community

From: Joe Jackson (shoeless@jazztbone.com)
Date: Mon Dec 10 2001 - 10:29:13 EST


I think the effect of having a neutral site wherein kids can build their
culture using financial and community resources cannot be understated.

-Joe

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> [mailto:owner-discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org] On Behalf Of
> Liz Reid&Errol Strelnikoff
> Sent: Monday, December 10, 2001 3:45 AM
> To: discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org
> Subject: DSM: Homeschooling and the sense of community
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>
> This is the interesting thing about these discussion lists.
> There are times when a subject pops up that is exactly what I
> have been thinking about lately. This has happened now from
> two subjects: Scotts' view of homeschooling and Anne's
> questions regarding community at Sudbury Valley.
>
> From Anne's post it sounds like she as a parent does not feel
> connected to the community at Sudbury Valley that her
> children are involved in. She doesn't know the kids they play
> with, in fact her kids don't even know the names of some of
> those kids.
>
> Meanwhile Scott is saying that homeschooled kids spend the
> bulk of their time with their parents and the parent's
> curriculum. He makes the point that children need to be a
> part of the greater community, i.e. Sudbury Valley. A
> community sans parents.
>
> So in your studies of how children grew up prior to school,
> Scott, is the communal situation at Sudbury Valley a good
> representation of how things used to be?
>
> How about this homeschool situation: groups of children of
> all ages spend two or three days a week at parks playing with
> each other for up to eight hours non-stop. On the days when
> they aren't doing that they are at friends' houses doing
> whatever is going on in that household, usually playing, but
> sometimes baking bread with an adult, or playing a game, or
> doing some painting.... the myriad of things that other
> families do differently than your own family. Or they may be
> at their own houses with their friends visiting them, playing
> in their own space. Or they may be at their grandparents
> house playing with the kids from that neighborhood or doing
> stuff with grandma or grandpa.
>
> Of course there are parts of the day, or even whole days when
> the children are home with a parent or two. Children often
> like to just be at their own home and play with their own
> toys or read their own books without other friends around.
> They like to play with their parents too at times. They like
> to get involved in organising dinner parties, writing long
> lists to Santa, making cakes, planing social events, being
> bored, watching tv, etc. etc. the mundane everyday stuff of
> family life.
>
> One, not necessarily negative, side-effect of all of this is
> that the bulk of our friends tend to be the parents of our
> children's friends. We get together almost daily, in large or
> small groups at different parts of the town, we have lively
> parties with dancing and music, we cook up copious amounts of
> food and have picnics or potlucks, we share art and craft
> materials and ideas. We drop by each others houses for cups
> of tea and chats, at least that is what the grown-ups do, the
> kids find their own things to do together.
>
> We started _homeschooling_ (I find that word less and less
> useful, but can think of no other), only recently. I had
> always considered it as a poor substitute for a free school
> situation (I went to free school and I
> was unschooled so I do know what they are missing). But there are so
> many people in my area that are homeschooling and a huge
> portion of them are unschooling, and that number is growing
> month by month. I am just bowled over by how many there are.
> Lately I have realized that things have changed from when I
> was a child, we wanted to go to school because that's where
> our friends were, but now there are so many kids in the
> neighborhood that are at home that why would anyone bother
> with a school? Why would any of us put all that time and
> effort into putting together a free school when we can just
> do it at the park and at each others houses? And you don't
> have to answer to anyone, we are each fully responsible for
> what we are doing.
>
> I'll tell you what, I much prefer living this way than when I
> was a chaufeur driving back and forth to my kids school.
>
> Liz
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