Monthly Archives: August 2012

Homeschooling and Thomas Moore

I sat in the Pleasanton library with my dad and was annoyed; I couldn’t enjoy his company because of some high school boys loudly talking. So I immediately thought of homeschooling and Thomas Moore who wrote: “and if I don’t listen to my friends and neighbors, I’ll be stuck in the labyrinth of what I think I want.”

It’s overly simplistic to say that the boys’ noise was “keeping me in the moment.” However, Moore might argue that I could potentially learn as much from their disturbance as I could a hushed conversation with my dad, or quiet time spent reading.

This year I am homeschooling my girls and grateful for the opportunity. I can teach them more of what I want them to learn than in a traditional setting. The idea of Unschooling, particularly the “Taking Children Seriously” (TCS) movement appeals to me because the underlying idea is that learning is a continual process and questioning truths and authority is a good thing.

Instead of trying to compare Sofia to those rowdy boys, I should see her (and my) limitations in them. I believe this is is the same concept of TCS–assumptions and truths should be questioned as the quest for truth is a continual process. No one person (or institution like a traditional school model) can hold all the answers. Rather than calling myself her teacher, I’m trying to see myself as her facilitator to the world.

I love reading the following quote through a secular lens:

“God himself is born!
And so we see, God is not
until he is born.

And also we see
there is no end to the birth of God.”

D.H. Lawrence

I hope homeschooling Sofia doesn’t just take place on a schedule and that we can strive to be continuously learning and re-learning our truths.