Friday, August 31, 2012
Being and Becoming Trailer
From PourquoiPasProds's YouTube description:
"Being and Becoming explores the concept and ultimately the choice of not schooling children, but of trusting and letting them learn freely what they are truly passionate about. The filmmaker's journey of discovery takes us through the US, Germany (where it's illegal not to go to school), France and the UK. This film is a quest for truth about the innate desire to learn."
After viewing this trailer, I feel excited to watch this film at some point and learn from the families featured in it. It's always intriguing for me to see how other families choose to learn. It's also encouraging and enlightening to re-examine what learning means for children over again and consider what might be an exciting adventure to embark on! Sure, some days are better than others, and every day is not as fun as a circus, but there sure are plenty of ways to enjoy learning as a family.
The short trailer here prompted me to consider the following.
Most of human history is made up of people who did not go to formal school. They learned naturally and gained their knowledge and expertise from personal experience and those around them and, sometimes, through books. Leonardo da Vinci comes to mind as to what is possible when a person has limitless freedom to explore their interests, not to mention time. According to Wikipedia: He was an accomplished "painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer".
The question is: why not now? Should the freedom to teach one's own be encouraged and valued? What is possible for human beings in our own time? Do we really think we and are children are capable of great things? What kind of educational models will take us there?
Most importantly, what do we want to create for our children?
Genius or not, every child deserves a measure of freedom in what they spend their time on learning. It is the parent's right and responsibility to ensure that their child receives the education he or she needs. Homeschooling is one way to meet this goal.
May God bless us, that as parents, we may seek for and receive all the support and resources we need in order to facilitate our children's learning and growth. I know that God stands ready to help and strengthen us because He knows what we are capable of, what our children are capable of, and He wants our success, too.
Home education is a much-needed and highly-valued option!