In this episode I talk about unschooling, world schooling, traditional homeschooling and more. Homeschooling is more about the freedom it provides a family to persue what is most important in life more than anything else.I also discuss if college is for everyone or if maybe starting a business, getting a job or traveling may be more beneficial.
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Homeschooling Family & Freedom By Melody Schafer
talks about homeschooling, the two words that usually comes to one’s mind is “education”
and “socialization”. The word that comes to my mind is “FREEDOM”.
I went to a
Catholic school for the first 12 years of my education. I had wonderful teachers,
the schools were nice. I had friends and got good grades. Even with all that, I
remember as if it were yesterday, sitting in the classroom, looking out the
window wishing I could leave and be outside. I felt like a prisoner with no
escape. This was back in the 1970s & 80s. I never heard of homeschooling,
but I remember thinking…..IF I ever had kids I’m not going to make them sit in
a classroom day in and day out for 12 years. I felt the hours of my life being
stolen from me as the clock ticked…tick-tock…tick-tock….
This was me in grade school.
I was 6, 7, 8
years old, then 9 years old as the time passed. In 1975, Francisco Franco, the
dictator of Spain died. Franco was the murderer of my grandfather during the
Spanish Civil War in 1936, leaving my mother who was only 11 years old and her
little brother who was 8 years old to fight for their lives….a struggle they
would never forget.
The little girl to the left is my mother and her brother is the littel boy to the right. This picture was taken before my grandfather was killed.
The 3 pictures above are pictures that were taken on the trip in the province of Asturias in Spain. This place is called Covadonga. Do a search and you will find some rich history.
In 1976, my
mother, along with my oldest brother took my youngest brother and myself to
Spain for 5 weeks in October to visit my grandmother, uncle and other
relatives. My mother had not seen her family for so many years. I was in 3rd
grade at the time. I remember the teachers gave me all the work that would be
covered in those 5 weeks so I would not miss out on anything. I did all the
work in 3 days so I wouldn’t have to take “homework” with me. That is when I
really started thinking….if I got this work done in 3 days…why does it take 5
weeks to cover it in the classroom?
So off to
Spain we went and what I learned in those 5 weeks was more than I learned in
the 12 years of my education in “school”. As it was, my mother was very
pro-education. When her father was killed, she could no longer attend school.
No one…but NO ONE would tell her she could NOT learn. Even though she would
have to work in the factories or sewing to help earn money to feed the family,
she found the time and a way to learn. It wasn’t in a classroom. She was
self-taught and is one of the smartest women I know, even today. She is 90
years old and tells me she is still always learning. She was an avid reader and
always had books of all types in the house….and I read every one. My mother has
taught me so much about life and what it is REALLY about. I have learned that
just being alive is important, that being FREE and to be free to be with one’s
family is what REALLY matters.
This is my grandfather shortly before he was murdered.
those 5 weeks in Spain, I went back to school and I remember I wanted to get
through the workbooks as fast as I could so I could go to the library and carry
as many books that my long skinny arms could carry home to learn about things I
was not learning at school. So I was so proud to show my teacher how I go the
whole year of work done in a couple of weeks only to be scolded. I was young
and just didn’t understand why I got into trouble. Most kids got into trouble
for NOT doing their homework. What I mostly learned in school turned out to be
incorrect historically, scientifically or of no use in what I do in my life
So my quest
for learning outside of school continued. I would love to talk to my father’s
friends who grew up during the Great Depression or who served in World War 2
and/or Korea with him. Hearing the stories first hand was so much different
than the one paragraph or the one chapter we had learned in school.
These 3 pictures above are of my father who served in WW 2 and the Korean War. The Korean War has been called a "police action" and a "conflict". I'm calling it a "War" because that is what my dad said it was to him. "War". He was stationed in Sasebo Japan.
The years continued as the clock ticked away and when I was 15, my younger
brother and I went to Spain with our parents. I was in 10th grade at
this time. It took me a little longer this time to get all the work done that
the teachers gave me before we left for 4 weeks, but I got it done in a very
This was me getting my homework done.
I was lucky
enough to have the opportunity to travel more of Spain this time and also visit
Gibraltar which is British Territory. You can read more about Gibraltar and its
history if you search online. It is most interesting.
Above is the Rock of Gibraltar.
visited family in Ceuta, Spain which is on the continent of Africa on the
Mediterranean as well as visiting Morocco. We took a fairy that took us from
Southern Spain to Northern Africa. It was a wonderful short trip. We watched
the dolphins jump and swim along our boat. We met people from around the world
including Germans, Canadians and other Americans. When we came ashore, a
Moroccan man with a donkey and a camel offered to trade for me. My father
politely explained he was not in need of a camel or donkey and pushed me behind
him and we kept moving. I was amazed at the difference in clothe, food, way of
doing business and more. I learned how different the customs and cultures can
be. I thought “NOW I’m getting an education!”
when we were in the province of Asturias, in Northern Spain. We were on top of
the mountain when my dad pulled the car over to take pictures of the
breathtaking views. I stood their looking down at the valley with the wind
blowing in my hair and I felt such freedom…such exhilaration. I remember
thinking, at that very moment, my friends at school were in Chemistry class and
I was sooooo grateful not to be in class. I REALLY knew then that this feeling
was a feeling of FREEDOM and I wanted MORE of it.
Here is a picture of me on top of one the many beautiful mountains in the region at 15 years old.
I continued all my life to
strive for this feeling of freedom. It has not always been easy and it is much
too easy to lose grasp of it if I am not paying attention.
doesn’t have to be HOW or WHAT one homeschools their children, but more of WHY
one would homeschool. For our family, it is about being FREE. Free to be with
our children, to learn about ourselves…TOGETHER as a family.
Our daughter discovered she loved art a few years ago and so we are just sharing some of her work. Most of the characters are from video games, movies or characters in her own novels. See more of her artwork as she updates her work at Deviant Art http://www.deviantart.com/browse/all/?section=&global=1&q=Ruthberry207 She goes by Ruthberry207
She is learning and improving all the time. Recently, she has discovered digital art and she loves it. She plans on taking an acryclic class next. That will be fun!
If you love art and have not taken any classes, check with your local library or art center. They usually will have classes and even offer them free at times for children. So see what they have to offer in your area. Art is a very relaxing and fun activity that anyone can enjoy. You don't have to be an "artist" to enjoy art :)
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Had to share my good laugh with you today. We have these sandhill cranes that spend a lot of time in our front yard, here in Southwest Florida.
Today, I was telling our kids we should name the birds... Off camera...I kept asking my daughter what were the type of birds called(I keep forgetting because we have different type of cranes)...she thought I wanted her to name the birds...and she was like "I don't know!" "Frank & Jessy!" She just came up with the names so I'd shut up about the birds lol. She didn't realize I wanted to know what KIND of birds they were. I couldn't stop laughing.
I'm sure you all have had a good laugh like that where you couldn' stop?
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Show Title: Natural Learning - Alternatives in Higher Education
Original Air Date: Monday June 22, 2015 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST Tuesday June 23, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST
Udi Mandel Kelly Teamey Lisa Nalbone Bayo C. Akomolafe
Be sure to tune into tonight’s episode where we will look at some of the issues surrounding higher education and ask the question, “is college really necessary”? Have we reached a point in human history where higher education no longer works? Has the traditional setting of colleges function effectively today or has current technology been a game changer? Can universities be progressive enough to keep up with the growing needs of employers and do employers still overwhelmingly look to college institutions for their future employees? Outside of the formal professions that require a college education such a career in the medical profession or law, do those wishing to learn about technology, business, marketing and others still need a university degree?
Tonight, we explore the alternatives to higher education and ask the question, can students receive what was once thought of as a college education outside of the current format of an institution?
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