Un-teaching

Is there such a thing? No? Oh, alright! It’s what I need though, to be un-taught all the things I’ve learned that do not help me in life….

  • skepticism
  • cynicism
  • not to trust
  • to fear everything
  • to compare
  • that I don’t measure up (do any of us ever?)
I have packed up the textbooks….they are going back to the warehouse to be placed back on the shelves for someone else to buy. I don’t want them. I was excited about getting them….until they arrived. The lesson planning was going to be easy. I had a plan for grading that was going to work. But, I did not want my kids to read those books and learn that they have to read them so they can answer that all-important question at the end of the chapter. Right now they read because they want to. They LOVE to read….I have to make them stop reading. I never want to see their love for books and learning stop. Call it fear again….maybe it is….but I am pretty sure they would be headed there if I forced them to sit with those textbooks each day, even thought we DO love to use the R&S English. It is not R&S that I have a problem with. It’s more that I don’t see that compartmentalized, fill-in-the-correct-answer type of learning as true learning. In school, I scanned for the correct answer and did not read the rest…..I have had to un-learn that. It’s been hard. Now…..I love history, science is interesting, biographies are great….I even like to diagram sentences and believe me I was NOT good at that in school. I think it is all because I have a different perspective….I have learned some things and un-learned even more things over the years. Learning….education….cannot be put into a box. Or at least it shouldn’t be. It doesn’t fit, because I don’t learn like you….you don’t learn like your best friend. We are all different, and we need to be able to use the best resources for US. Since I am the ‘teacher’ in this school….I vote for NO textbooks, well few anyway. I am actually an UN-teacher. I do not lecture at the front of my classroom. I don’t create a ‘learning experience’ so I can teach skills. We live life and learn in the living. I think that is the absolute best way to do it. Why am I always second-guessing myself? It’s all that learning I still have to do….and the un-learning, there’s lots of that. 
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About Wendy Woerner

wife, mama to five, blogger, foodie, works in social media and marketing, loves Jesus
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One Response to Un-teaching

  1. Mimi says:

    Well, you know that I’m trying to un-teach myself that top list, too 😉 It’s a process, but we WILL get there girlfriend. I didn’t expect the “dumping the textbook” part! Whatever works best for you, and it’s awesome that you figured it out before you got into it all!! I found some great un-text booky resources that might interest you. I’ll email you…..we need to schedule a phone call soon!!!

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