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I AM NOT COMPLETELY HEARTLESS

Filed at 8:02 pm under by Tim Haas

After years of hands-on home-ed advocacy, I retired in 2006. As with all big life changes, there were various reasons for this decision, but foremost among them was what I perceived as the ever-increasing helplessness of newbies. Honestly, it was to the point where the instinctual response to every question I was asked was “F-ing Google it!” Even today, hearing about yet another family embarking on their own wondrous educational journey is more likely to fill me with dread than with the warm fuzzies.

And then I go and luck into hearing a BBC podcast about life in Scotland that happens to include an interview with a young plumber — told years ago at school that he wasn’t bright enough to study languages — and his equally “uncredentialed” stay-at-home wife who are confidently unschooling their daughter in defiance of basically everything they’ve ever lived or known. And I remember what it’s all for.

Grab it before Friday. —Tim Haas

One Response to “I AM NOT COMPLETELY HEARTLESS”


Comment by
COD
October 17th, 2007
at 6:12 pm

That was good, although you really have to pay attention and listen due to the accents.