home school education

“Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children’s power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and the confinement, the crazy sequences, the age segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of the national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior." 

-John Taylor Gatto

I won’t try to convince you here that my views are right, this is just something to think about for a bit.

Public schools had 15 thousand hours to convince us that government is good, necessary and that it makes us safe and ensures prosperity.

That is a heck of a head start, 15,000 hours.

They had us when we were young and impressionable, so the lessons learned at that time seem pure and basic in a sense; however when I look around I see people who shut down when I try to talk about the edges of what they feel is “allowed” to be discussed. I see people safeguarding their emotions beyond what’s reasonable, beyond facts themselves.

But at the same time, most will admit our world is jam packed with BS, liars, marketing jazz, and control freaks; that things are essentially fake, reality has an illusory nature to it. If life has become an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least, it seems we’ve made a collective misstep. Could this be the cause of emptiness and existential malaise?

So what are my views, the ones I don’t expect anyone to accept right now?

Government is not our friend. Government injects every situation with the threat of violence. Government doesn’t serve to protect the public from corporations and the rich, they enable them. Politicians have never been moral or well-intentioned, that was just what their historians said. Please don’t disagree automatically. I know, the urge to reject “nonsense” was implanted a long time ago. You don’t need to believe or reject, just hold the possiblity in your mind and listen to your inner judgement.

Take your time. Just don’t take 15 thousand hours.

Hi, lovelies! ^^

So, today, I decided to make a masterpost for studying with your notes - how to take notes, how to make your notes more colorful, brighter and how to learn something from them <3 This is my first masterpost, so I am sorry, if it won’t be as great, as are other’s… ^^ 

 ~ People who inspired me and I love their blogs <3 : @academla , @elkstudies @theorganisedstudent , @scribblednotesincoats , @hayley-studies … thank you!


Taking notes in class, so you can study with them at home:

  • The most important thing is to listen to your teacher, when she/he is talking about subject matter/theme of class. Either your teacher does or doesn’t give you notes - write everything important, everything you found interesting and everything you think you should use in life, in studying for exams or other subjects.
  • Give up on colors & aesthetic. Try to get as much informations as possible. 
  • Don’t be afraid or shy - I know it is hard - but, ask about anything you don’t understand, maybe several times if you need. Don’t forget to write down explanation!
  • If your teacher give you notes - make sure you wrote down everything that is written on the board.
  • Don’t just “I will memorize this, I don’t need to write it down.” Write. It. Down. Even things you knew or learned years ago.

Studying with notes at home (or anywhere, where you feel comfortable):

  • You will need much more than notes you wrote in the class.
  • Take a textbook, student’s book or anything where you learn from at school and what matches the subject matter. (If you don’t have one from school, look down ^^)
  • Either you have or don’t have a text/student’s book do a research on the web (try also different sites than wikipedia, use from several choices of key words and the Ctrl+F might be helpful) or in the library/internet book store/kindle/iBooks (find your own textbook ^^).
  • Write down everything important you found - take notes like you are in class again.
  • Read the whole text about subject matter, if you have your textbook. Or read what you have found on the web.
  • Read it again.
  • And once again.
  • Complete the notes you took when you first saw your researched text with thing that are new for you.
  • Take the notes from class. Take the notes from research. Take a blank page. They are a mess, aren’t they?
  • Rewrite your notes to a blank paper/to your notebook both together, the ones from class and the ones from research, so they will give you a real subject matter. Like it is a story line. Only with one color for now.
  • Now, take your highlighters, color pens, gel pens, sparkles, glitters, sticky notes, anything colorful. Make it aesthetic.
  • Read your notes again, while you are making them beautiful.
  • Use a color coding, if you need.
  • Now, look at your notes. You like them, don’t you? ^^ I know you do.
  • Read the research and text book again.
  • Read the notes.

Congratulations! You did it! You are ready for your exam!

And if you feel like you still don’t know it, try to make another research, or read your notes and texts again. It will help <3

So, that’s it! I hope you like it!

Love to y'all, Simme <3

I can’t say enough good things about John Taylor Gatto, his book “Dumbing Us Down” is an absolute must read.

Young people should have the right to control and direct their own learning, that is, to decide what they want to learn, and when, where, how, how much, how fast, and with what help they want to learn it. To be still more specific, I want them to have the right to decide if, when, how much, and by whom they want to be taught and the right to decide whether they want to learn in a school and if so which one and for how much of the time.

No human right, except the right to life itself, is more fundamental than this. A person’s freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought, even more basic than his freedom of speech. If we take form someone his right to decide what he will be curious about, we destroy his freedom of thought. We say, in effect, you must think not about what interests and concerns you, but about what interests and concerns us.

—  John Holt, Escape From Childhood

anonymous asked:

I was wondering what you thought Viktor's school years were like? Like grade school since the fandom's mostly accepted the headcanon that he never went to college

I think Viktor was probably home schooled. Fitting a normal education around being a professional athlete is hard and while it can be done, I think with the amount of time he devoted to training and travelling for competitions, being home schooled might have been how he got his education. It would also tie in with the neglecting life and love thing if everything in his life revolved around skating and he didn’t even get a normal life in the sense of going to school like other people his age