Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Love
David H. Albert
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Edition: 1st, 192 pages
"Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow." Education is just not so complicated! Gently and passionately, homeschooling advocate David H. Albert insists that the curriculum of love is not about externals. It is about what is essential in each individual human being, and in every child. Its code words are communication, inquisitivness, acceptance, joy, honesty, and courage. It demands that we assist our children in seeking to embrace a world that is their own, and prepared to render up her secrets. It is about surprises, unveilings, moments of spontaneous recognition, journeys completed and new ones waiting to be undertaken. Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. is a powerful, humorous, fearless, and thoroughly appealing approach to learning that relies on what everyone knows but few have the courage to act upon: love and freedom are the cornerstones of any education worthy of the name.
"The title says it all. Almost. David Albert doesn't just write about homeschooling your children. He pokes and prods and questions and insists that you join him in analyzing the whys and wherefores of what you and your kids are doing every day. He wraps his writing in a warm sense of humor and adds plenty of his own life experiences, and somewhere in the middle you start wondering why it feels as though you're reading the writings of an old friend. It's a comfortable feeling; encouraging, reassuring. Words have power, and David knows how to harness that power and use it to help you help your children become who they are meant to be." -- Helen Hegener, Editor and Publisher, Home Education Magazine
"My heart leaps up with anticipation when I read David's writing. The wealth of his experience embroiders and highlights the essentially simple, pure-hearted truth he expresses: the value of respect and honor for the minds of young people, fresh beings grappling with this very complicated and often difficult world. Most important to me is his compassionate vision of the possibilities for learning and for relationships that are available to beings of all ages on this planet, and his romping enthusiasm and exuberance about the joys of learning, for all of us, everywhere." -- Joyce Reed, retired Associate Dean, Brown University, and mother of 5 homeschooled college graduates
"And I thought it was just another homeschooling book. Not here! Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. is a delightful mix of philosophy, metaphor, and storytelling., But it's not just about or for the kids. Albert challenges you to think about your outlook toward living and then gently, sometimes playfully, often deeply, exposes ways for you to grow. This book will force you to stretch your thinking, and expand the context within which you consider your own family's learning endeavors." -- Jean Reed, author, The Home School Source Book
David H. Albert, author of And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education (New Society Publishers, 1999) holds degrees from Williams College, Oxford University, and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, but says, “the best education he ever received he gets from his kids.” He writes a regular column – “My Word!” for Home Education Magazine. He is also editor of the two-volume set The Healing Heart: Storytelling for Caring and Healthy Families and The Healing Heart: Storytelling for Strong and Healthy Communities (New Society, 2003). As founder of New Society Publishers, he was both editor and publisher of John Taylor Gatto’s Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, and more than 100 other titles. He was also a founding member of Co-op America and the National Association of Socially Responsible Businesses. David lives in Olympia, Washington with his partner Ellen and two wonderful daughters, Aliyah (age 14) and Meera (12). When he is not learning with and from his kids, writing (mostly stories), making music, or raising funds for child welfare or community development projects in India, he serves as Senior Planning and Policy Analyst for the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. David is also an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).