unschooling: watch this.

If I have the choice to watch a video or read an article, watch a movie or read a book, watch anything or read the same thing, I almost always choose the words. The reading.

Gabe thinks I am C-R-A-Z-Y.

But some videos just wow me, and this is one of them. I’ve watched it four times in the past few months. That is a TON for me. It’s almost as old as Nina, but everything he says still holds true. And even more so in 2014 than it did in 2006.

Do me a favor. Watch it. All 20 minutes of it.

If you watch the whole thing AND comment with one of your favorite quotes (or a paraphrase), I’ll give you a FREE PDF of my unschooling book when it comes out later this month.


12 thoughts on “unschooling: watch this.

  1. Gloria Philpott

    My favorite line was at the end, when he said we must see our children for the hope that they are. This was very convicting for me. When my son was in public school, he was identified as gifted in creative thinking. However, that was never part of the “services” he received in the gifted program. Honestly, though, now that we homeschool, I don’t know that I’m doing any better of a job nurturing his creativity. It’s definitely something I’m going to think about further – how to encourage his creative thinking and not let it wither on the vine.

  2. Christy

    Just finished listening (while working). Not a quote, or even close to it, but I was very interested by what he had to say about how we have put reading/mathematics at the top of the must-educate list and arts like music and dance at the bottom…and why? Definitely something to ponder.

  3. Kristina

    That was so good; and funny too! “Creativity is as important as literacy.” I really enjoy letting my girls decide what they want to learn about rather than telling them a set curriculum.

  4. Jennifer

    I really enjoyed that video! Having gone from homeschooling to public schooling this year (which is a whole ‘nother story for another time) I am especially enjoying reading your series on unschooling. I’m sure I still don’t fit the “public schooling mom model” but it is what it is for right now. Loved how he shared about whole body learning and encouraging learning based on interests (dancing vs medication for adhd, etc). Just several good things for me to think about as we continue to pray about school choices for our family. Happy Monday!

  5. Myriam

    I have never heard of Ken Robinson and enjoyed listening to him. I am new to homeschooling and recently started with 10th grader. I like:
    Public education – you will have to conclude the whole purpose of public education
    is to produce university professors” Very very interesting point.
    and that one had me laughing because in 1st grade the school tried to put the ADHD label on my son “ADHD wasn’t an available condition back in the 30’s – wasn’t invented yet”.

  6. Sharon

    This was very interesting. There were several things said that I really liked. The only thing I was a tad disappointed in was that I’d heard several of the jokes before. Anyways, here are the quotes: “Kids are not frightened of being wrong.” Oh how freeing it would be to not be afraid to be wrong! To just say (within reason) whatever our thoughts or opinions are in a certain situation.

    “Creativity is as important as literacy.” I may have let out an audible gasp when I heard that! It’s just so, I don’t know, just so counter to what I think most people believe. I’m not saying creativity isn’t important, but I don’t really know how one can get through life and survive if they are not literate. I’m assuming people can get by without being overly creative though.

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      Yeah, the video’s old, so the jokes are too. 🙂 I’m pretty sure he’s not saying, “Be creative; forget literacy.” He’s saying we focus on literacy exclusively and think creativity is expendable. It’s not. It’s important. Life is empty and boring without it. Our God is a super-creative God, and we were made in his image.

  7. Melissa

    I am like you Marla, given the choice between reading something and watching it, 9 times out of 10 I’m going to choose reading it. I actually almost cheated to go see if I could find a transcript because I know some of the TED talks have been transcribed, but I didn’t.

    Anyways, I think the thing that stuck out to me was when he talked about how we stigmatize mistakes, because that is so true. We can’t be wrong, we aren’t allowed to be wrong because it we are wrong, we fear others will think less of us, because of the way we’ve stigmatized mistakes. It jives with a podcast I listen to where they were talking about how the hardest words in the English language to say are “I don’t know” because we can’t admit to not knowing. I think those two ideas go together because in some ways, we treat it as if you don’t know, you may as well be wrong, instead of treating it as an opportunity to learn something if we don’t know. I also really liked the end where he was talking about how we need to educate the whole being, because that is so true as well.

    P.S. We love TED talks – we listen to them all the time while I’m cleaning or whatever. They’re brilliant and I learn so much.

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