Educational Dominatrix

by S.C. Torrington on April 6, 2007

WhipI know I must sound like a total crack-the-whip Dominatrix about this whole Unschooling thing. But it’s like religion; I’m fascinated by the concept yet logic prevents me from making that Leap of Faith.

So I decided to go to the source. I interrupted Morgan from chain sawing zombies in the mall to ask him if he’d like to approach his education in a different way. Okay, I wasn’t ready to totally release my grip on what we were going study, but I was willing to work within a subject.

“We’re getting ready to learn about the War of Independence,” I announced, followed by a brief synopsis of 1776. “Would you like to watch some movies or study the weapons and the battles or just stick with the book we’re using?” I know, not a very broad choice, but a choice nevertheless.

Without missing a beat or looking up, M said, “Let’s just stick with the book for now.”

Apparently getting to hack-and-slash his way through dozens of virtual urban landscapes is about as much child-directed learning as he can handle in one day.

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