July 21, 2019

Unschooling – Unending Stream of Questions

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.” Jacob Bronowski – British mathematician,18 January 1908 – 22 August 1974

I am not sure kids under the age of 10 can do anything BUT question it! At least my 6 year old has proven to be a never-ending stream of questions.

I am pulling my hair our trying to get him to master the sore subject of Handwriting. All he wants to learn is cursive; print is too slow for him.

I don’t know if it’s because he is the only child, leaving Mom and Dad with a bit more time and energy to answer his questions. Perhaps he is simply curious and genuinely interested in life. I like to think the later.

I know he has the “ragamuffin” part down. He is off exploring no matter his dress or the season.

At what point does school become a place of worship to what is known? For me, I think college was truly the first place I simply had to “believe” and “repeat”.

Unschooling him in a Home Schooling setting has certain appeal.

Your experience and thoughts?



  1. Jennifer says:

    There’s a horrid mixup between a) knowing the basics of a subject cold, and b) not being allowed to wonder about it or to question it. To me, the ideal teacher demands observation, participation, not just parroting of bits of data plucked out of books. Yet this same teacher does demand that the students know the basics, the important bits cold. The scary part is that some of these “important bits” may not be right. But with real observation, even that can get sorted out. So yes, learn and question and reap the harvest of true understanding. And pick your teachers well. What is their goal? What makes them happy? I student that tests well, that knows the right “answer”? Or someone who also knows how to observe, pick out the key questions and get them answered.

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