|Re: Homeschooling and Cohousing -- and hybrids||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael Mariner (maikanoidcomm.com)|
|Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 16:58:56 -0600|
Adding on to what people said about coho & homeschooling going together: Any coho site where a few families have children instantly lends itself to collaboration on behalf of the kids: - After-school care and evening baby sitting exchanges -- in people's homes or in the kids' room at the common house. - Kids taking part in all appropriate activities - gardening, building things, repairing things, cooking, music, theater, nature walks. - I don't know of any cohousing sites that have a school (some older intentional communities have them), but how about various combinations of school and homeschooling. Call it homeschooling as far as the authorities are concerned (each family register as such) but then find ways of pooling resources - people and learning resources to where each set of parents wouldn't have to have the kids full time. And you could certainly ask other childless people to teach/apprentice the kids for certain skills. Obviously this would allow each parent to either work part-time, take classes themselves, or do other tasks in the community. Conventional schools frequently cost so much in both time and dollars, that parents might as well homeschool/unschool. Better for the kids, for family unity and community spirit/togetherness. I'm for decentralizing big institutions of all sorts. Ivan Illych (sp?) wrote a book called "Deschooling Society" a few years back in which he said that large institutions, especially schools were responsible for the unquestioning, passive herd mentality among so many people. As Karen Chrysostom noted, interacting with people in your community is highly valuable in people's personal development. You don't just sit there listening to the authority figure, you collectively have to negotiate what your reality is going to be. What greater, more democratically engaging process could there be? Ain't easy some of the time, but what truly transformative process is? Michael Mariner Boulder
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