“Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue” Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Our son, Devin, graduated from a private, distance high school yesterday!! He has always been Radically Unschooled and has never done any formal schoolwork, nor has he ever taken a formal test in his life. He has never been graded, quizzed, compared or measured against others. He has never needed to go through the years of his life doing “busy-work”. He has lived his childhood years on his own terms, in his own way, with those who LOVE him, nurturing and facilitating his passions.
Yesterday, Devin tested “above average” in *every* subject and received his high school diploma, something that *he* decided that he wanted. His girlfriend, Bonnie, who is also Unschooled, received her diploma yesterday, as well, testing above average in every subject. They didn’t cram or study, memorizing facts, just to pass the test. They took the test, authentically, meaning, that there was no preparation for the content, (like there would be taking the GED test.) It was based on all of their existing knowledge and what they had *truly learned* and obtained, through a childhood of natural learning.
Although they didn’t “need” these diplomas to be successful or happy in life, I feel that it really speaks to the nay-sayers, who do not believe that our children can possibly live a life of freedom and still become educated.
Education isn’t the focus of Radical Unschooling but it is a natural side effect of living a connected and trusting life together with your children, facilitating their passions and bringing as many resources into their lives to learn and grow from.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
~Peace & Love, Dayna