Our children have never been to school a day in their lives and they are flourishing. They don't have homework and they look confused when you ask them what grade they are in, as if you just began to speak an unknown language.
They follow their interests, like the day the young girls decided to make a piñata. I don't know where the idea came from but they went at it, making up their own wheat-paste and cutting up the phonebook that we never use. They bought the candy to fill it with money they scraped together from somewhere. There were places along the way, when I stepped in to help keep the process on track, but it was really their thing from beginning to end.
Rose is our oldest of the six kids at 19 yrs. She is a flourishing textile artist with a hefty bank account in the process of buying her first house. Did I mention she is heading up her own Art Prize project this year with a fantastic venue right in the thick of things on Division Street? When people ask her where she is going to college, she tries to be polite but always feels a mixture of pity and anger at one more person caught in the lock-step system followed without question.
For us, the coming month isn't back to school, because we never could buy into the idea that learning had to do with a place you could "go to". Learning and living are like breathing and a beating heart in our home. Why are you sending your kids off to school again?