I've been hearing about this and I just don't understand it. I'm not judging or criticizing I'm just trying to understand what this is. I can't tell if it's something serious or a joke to against those who criticize unschooling.
Any insights would be appreciated.
mama to three little ladies
Coincidentally, I just blogged about Learn Nothing Day.
Here's my post: Oops
Here's the page on Sandra Dodd's site about the day.
IMHO the day serves to highlight that learning is a natural human function. The idea that we could truly spend a day 'learning nothing' is humorous. Which is what my own blog post is about.
So while I don't see it as a joke (and certainly not a criticism) it is light-hearted and joyful.
Well, I tried not to learn anything that day, but I learned that it was Learn Nothing Day. Maybe not a joke, but I laughed nonetheless.
Offering just a personal musing: as unschoolers, we are often in a position of defending ourselves and our lifestyles. What do we point to? The things that schooled society currently values: I talk about impromptu science, discovered math, learning to read by themselves. But if you asked me what was really important in my children's life, I would not start with these things. These are the things that justify my unschooling to the greater public, and to my more insecure (public-schooled) self. My secure unschooling self finds joy in mud between the toes and feeding huckleberries to supremely calm little chickens, watering the nursery, even at 5 and 7yo, not just 2 and 3.
I'm glad my girls do learn the other stuff, but I see the point of the Day: we say we are learning 24/7/365, that there is no division between real life and learning.
Well, it's about time we unschoolers take a summer vacation....... really immerse ourselves into unschooling. (Or, nevermind, screw "unschooling", just life.)
It is not necessarily a lifestyle to learn ABC in a different way.... it's just life. It might be good to just let go of these internal justifications and live it. (Warning: seemingly superior statement ahead-- no offense intended) Just like enlightenment, thinking about it kind of gets in the way.
"Let me see you stripped down to the bone. Let me hear you speaking just for me."