Monday, September 06, 2004

Live a life of learning!

The last 2 1/2 years of falling in love with homeschooling have brought me to the realization that a life of learning is a wonderful way to be a family. This fits right in.

Certificate of Empowerment by Sandra Dodd

Thanks to Sarah who got this from Melissa

As bearer of this certificate you are no longer required to depend on the advice of experts. You may step back and view the entire world - not just your home, neighborhood, or town, but the whole earth - as a learning experience, a laboratory containing languages (and native speakers thereof), plants, animals, history, geology, weather (real live weather, in the sky, not in a book), music, art, mathematics, physics, engineering, foods, human dynamics, and ideas without end. Although collections of these treasures have been located in museums for your convenience, they are to be found everywhere else, too.

This authorizes you to experiment; to trust and enjoy your kids; to rejoice when your children surpass you in skill, knowledge or wisdom; to make mistakes, and to say, "I don't know." Furthermore, you may allow your children to experience boredom without taking full responsibility for finding them something to do.

Henceforth you shall be neither required nor expected to finish everything you start. Projects, books, experiments, and plans may be discontinued as soon as something more interesting comes along (or for any other reason) without penalty, and picked up again at any time in the future (or never).

You may reclaim control of your family's daily life, and take what steps you feel necessary to protect your children from physical, emotional, or social harm. You have leave to think your own thoughts, and to encourage your children to think theirs.

Each person who reads and understands this is authorized to extend these privileges to others, by reproducing and distributing this certificate or by creating another of his/her own design. Those who don't feel the need to obtain approval to experiment, to think, or to do things they've never seen others do are exempt, as they didn't need permission in the first place.


Zelie said...

Love it! Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing it. I think I'll have to post it on my blog!

Thanks for being so supportive too!!
Trina ;-)
TKinOKC :-)