Hi Leo. My name is Isabella. I have been delighted by your Zen Habits blog for a long while now, thanks to my husband who also reads and emodies all your writings. I'd like to thank you for that. I am sharing here my own experience in unschooling both myself and now my children in a society in Brisbane, Australia, that still holds the traditional beliefs on how children should learn and behave, and how we as adults should behave. I was a preschool teacher (left the profession 12 years ago) and had my first boy 9 years ago. He went to a state school for prep and I knew then I had chosen the wrong way of educating him. I was fortunate to find a democratic alternative school around the corner from where we live that supports the natural, unschooling way of educating. I call it the 'Barefoot' School and I have only just launched my own blog called Barefoot & Connected. It is in it's infancy but I aim to share my personal experiences in living and educating 'barefoot'. The bigger picture is to create a groundswell of parents demanding change in our Education System. Next year I am homeschooling both my children and will document the journey. My own schooling in a Catholic school in a small town was a non event for me really. All I learned from that experience was that I always needed validation from others, and there is only one way of doing things, usually how people tell you to do it. I'm now 42 and have been unschooling myself since my son started attending his barefoot school. I have been guided for many years by Sir Ken Robinson and in the last year I have watched Logan's Hackschooling talk over and over and it is now informing how I will homeschool next year. Many people around me are now awakening to the fact their kids are learning limiting thinking in school, rather than learning to ask questions. They are coming to me with questions and wanting to see what my kids do in contrast to what their kids do in school. It is obviously a big shock to them to see the amount of trust I place in my kids to be able to learn for themselves. My journey is not over. I am met with resistance from family and some friends are now even abusive towards me at gatherings about my choices. Yet I stand strong in the knowledge that this is right for us and my heartfelt desire to share this powerful alternative to the mainstream so they at least know it exists as an option for them. I would dearly love to share your wisdom on my blog. There are not many unschoolers in my area. I hope to hear from you soon and thank you again for being an inspiration for all of us seeking to bring our children up to be self empowered and live a life they can create for themselves with self love and passion.
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