The HomeSchool

Association of California

Symposium Program


Attendees might be new to unschooling, or might be those who are in a position to help others who are new. One method of inquiry and of explanation that goes back through rhetoric of the Renaissance, and philosophers in ancient Rome and Greece, is sometimes called "the five W's"--Who, What, When, Where and Why? Sometimes "How?" or "By What Means?" has been a #6. The kind of information new unschoolers think they need doesn't often end up being what they actually need.

This will be an experiential session which will use some elements from sand tray therapy to allow us to examine our deeply held beliefs and clarify our unschooling goals.

How can we actually make a real paradigm shift in how our families live? What steps can we take to develop deep and honest new ways of relating to a spouse, children, and community? How can we reach the point of confidence and joy and a deep feeling of satisfaction with our unschooling life? Based loosely on Stephen Covey's, "Seven Habits," as they might be applied in an unschooling family.

Rose will speak about her own experience growing up without any restrictions on television and how that has impacted her as a young adult. This will also include an interactive experience in which we will consider all the learning that television watching can offer.

This talk will be about what is going on in the brain during conflict and how parents can help facilitate learning. And about why people both love and hate the Real Housewives of New Jersey. It'll be a talk with a short meditation experience at the end that is very targeted toward strengthening emotional connections to the prefrontal cortex. And it feels good.

Something tips the balance, when people's lives change.  It's likely that some person, somewhere, said or did something that changed your viewpoint and direction.  Someone's voice is in your head, encouraging you to be brave.  Your voice might be in someone else's head someday.   But in this session, those who wish to can name and credit the person or incident that was pivotal in their move from traditional parenting and education to the new and different direction that led to unschooling.  Participants can fill the room with the names of those whose inspiration or example made a positive difference in the lives of children of people who are there.

Vague interest can turn to trust in others' accounts of learning and of parenting successes.  Trust in those stories can give us courage to experiment, and from that we can discover our own proofs and truths to share with newer unschoolers, who might find courage from that to try these things themselves.  Faith in others can only take us a little way, though, and then our own children's learning will carry us onward.    Some ideas become theories.  A few theories might turn to convictions.   Some early thoughts will be abandoned; others will gain substance.  After  much thought and use, what is left will be what you believe because you have lived it.

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