Ironically, Seth Godin himself wrote this tribute to artists living on the edge:
You are brave.
Such a generous soul, someone who doesn’t hesitate to leap when others shrink in fear. Your work means so much to you and to the people you share it with, we can’t help but be inspired at the way you make your magic.
You’re a warrior in the service of joy and you never seem to stop standing up and speaking up and doing your very best work.
Sometimes, a particular audience doesn’t deserve you. But that doesn’t matter in the long run, because of your relentless generosity in sharing your gift.
I can’t wait to see your next work, and the one after that.
Why I chose homeschooling
We started homeschooling when we went travelling around South America for three months. The girls learnt so much on our trip. How to speak basic Spanish as well as geography, history, art and culture. When we came home it made sense to keep homeschooling.
Before we went travelling my oldest daughter started her first year of school along with thousands of other kids. I watched her change from a bright, friendly, happy and creative kid into a moody, angry and unhappy little girl. As we travelled, she slowly returned back to her self. Her nightmares stopped as well. She regained her confidence and creativity. Life was much better for all of us.
The more we homeschool, the more I like it. I like that the girls can spend extended periods of time doing what they are passionate about. I like that they have a wide circle of friends from different age groups and backgrounds. I like that they have lots of unscheduled time to be a kid. To play and dream. I like that they love learning. My oldest daughter is now eight and asks to do maths. And we can. Whenever she wants to.
I have found passionate dance, Spanish, woodwork and piano teachers who they respect and adore. From them they are learning to work with others, be polite and respectful, follow instructions, pay attention and be punctual.
The homeschooling community is diverse with families coming from all walks of life. The reasons for homeschooling seem as diverse as the families. Some of the reasons I have heard are: philosophical, to be involved in their children’s education, advanced or special needs children and bullying at school.
To homeschool, we are sacrificing an income, a fancy car and owning our own home. But these are choices we have made willingly. Anyone in Australia can homeschool their children if they want to badly enough.
No matter how you chose to parent, each approach brings its own set of frustrations, rewards and challenges. There are days when I want to throw in the towel and run off and join the circus. I think every parent can relate to this wish!
But for the majority of the time, I am happy to be right here, loving, learning and teaching my girls for as long as they need me. One day they will want to spread their wings and fly from the nest. For now, I’m right here with them.
I believe that education is important. That to function in a society like Australia we need to be literate and numerate. However, after reading the interview with Bunker Roy in the same issue of Dumbo Feather, I question if literacy and numeracy are as important as we are led to believe. His Barefoot College in India uses sign language to teach illiterate, rural women to become solar engineers. Food for thought.