It is a proud proud day in the Uber Unschooler household.
Zallion, my oldest, has struggled with reading and writing. Probably due to an undiagnosed learning disability that would be COERCIVE to treat. Not to mention an exhibition of MISTRUST in her ability to know what she needs, by having her tested.
After locking herself in the trailer at the bottom of the homestead veggie plot with her boyfriend, Wolfbaggin (aged 34, but here too Uber Unschoolers know to trust their children when, how and who with they need to explore with), Zallion has produced a wondrous work.
Obviously since handwriting is an obsolete skill she typed it, and created an original piece of work to take center stage in the forthcoming publicity campaign to promote Uber Unschooling.
It has been sent to the printers and will be appearing on billboards and local TV programming any day now (=
What mother who has brow beaten the Nay Sayers lamenting an illiterate 17 year old wouldn't respond with a middle finger raised, to demonstrate how happy she in that now they can see that a lack of manipulation\coercion combined with 100% trust and space has borne such beautiful "I told you so" shaped fruit ?
My daughter is proof that if you don't hot house your children by COERCIVELY teaching them, they blossom into fragrant flowers, capable of sheer genius, as I'm sure the Bard himself would agree.
Wolfbaggin (harrowed, depleted, sad and brain damaged from being forced into formal education until the age of 24) said he did nothing more that sit back quietly to observe, leaving her unaided to flow with the learning process and watch in awe at my superior parental decisions paying off.
He said quite literally her skill at forming words appeared as by osmosis.
He is overwhelmed by the creativity I have allowed to be created in her.
As am I, especially at my intelligence at creating and choosing Uber Unschooling
As you to will be, when you read on.
(I hope when you read the title you'll understand the art work Wolfbaggin designed himself to accompany the words)
Appley Unschooly Education, Naturally Grown
An Original Work of Sheer Genius
by Zallion Norton (17)
"Here's to the mad as a box of frogs ones. The weirdos. The mutinous. The zealots. The square pegs who shove their elbows out, refusing to fit into the square holes.
The ones who see things differently after careful research on Google tells them they should. They like rules, an opportunity to get stroppy. And they love the status quo, cos it is road map to show them how to stand out.
You can try to have a conversation with them, disagree with them, quote them, look in disbelief at them, roll your eyeballs at them or call CPS on them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they won't let you.
Maybe they have to be nutJOBS.
How else can you stare at an non reading, video game obsessed 15 year old and see an effective education ?
Or sit in a chaos of screaming kids and hear learning in action
While some see us as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because we who are crazy enough to think we can make up our own meaning of the word education, are the ones who do."