Unschooling isn’t all about the kids – it’s about us too.Â Our attitudes and perceptions and, what’s become very apparent to me, our own desire and capacity for learning.Â One of my main supporting points for being an unschooler was that I taught myself everything I know for my work.Â I realized that I wanted to learn something and followed my desire. I also have memories of enjoying learning in school until it became drudgery.Â I like learning, and it seemingly was dulled out of me for years.Â Now I find that I’m learning stuff all the time so I thought it would be cool to keep track of things I’ve learned in the past week.Â Here goes:
- Ancient Egyptian kids had a ponytail above one ear with a shaved head.
- Tadpoles grow REALLY fast, like a millimeter a day.Â (We got some toad eggs from our neighbors pond and put them in an aquarium)
- The poor polar bear at the Bronx Zoo looks super, super bored.Â He needs a helluva lot more space than a few hundred square feet, like a few hundred miles.
- Ducks are smart – ours have been heading into their house at sundown.
- If a diaphragm develops an ‘odd film’ on it after a year of steady use, it’s probably going to fail at contraception.Â (Thanks to a friend’s unexpected tale of pregnancy)