You know, I’m laying here in bed and thinking: What the fuck am I doing sending my kids to school every day? Why does anything even matter anymore? Do I care about anything they’re learning there? Should I keep on this crooked road, where the world is only made for those with a shit-tonne of money for them to attend university? I always think no, but I always do yes. Why? Because I have to. And as dark and bleak as the world is, I always try to get them excited about the fact that they will be the new leaders of it one day and change everything. Am I lying? Sometimes I think I am. I know I am.
I mean, let’s just be brutally honest here. Our kids are going to grow up seated in school for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 13 years of their lives. The most precious and most curious time to be alive. And what do we do? Dilute it and tell them school is important and they will have no future without it. Why? Because we’ve been conditioned to make sure they understand that.. just like we’re conditioned to understand it. I mean, do you ever really question if this is organic human behavior? Sitting in a fucking classroom all day, separated from your family and friends. Don’t you ever think your kids would rather be outside exploring, talking And listening with you? Wouldn’t you rather decide what and how your child learns? Wouldn’t you prefer real LIFE lessons over standardized academic testing and Indoctrination for your child? I do and I hate sending them to school every fucking day. They come home at the end of their school day, and I get to spend 4 hours with them before they are asleep. 4 hours. This is not natural. And at least 1 of those hours is spent listening to them talk about how much they hate school. Why are we forced to send them? It’s because they are to be part of a well-oiled machine, just like us. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of this way of life.
So since we’re all legally obligated to send our children off to the gulag for the time being, what can we do to make sure they are being taught valuable and relevant information and principles? We need to teach them those things ourselves. If they come home regurgitating some bullshit that’s historically unfactual, it’s our job to correct them and present evidence, but still, allow them to decide for themselves. To take it a step further, ask for a meeting with the instructor who is teaching the bullshit, and do the same to them.
Another amazing method of education, if you feel so inclined to more traditional schooling is Montessori Education. It allows for a child to learn what he chooses, yet guidance and encouragement are still there should they need it. I think Montessori is so badass. If I had known about earlier, I would choose that path for my kids instead.
Though my next suggestion is a little controversial or even unknown to most parents and I could only dream of doing this, but it’s often referred to as unschooling or world-schooling. I LOVE this idea and if I had the money to do it, I would be gone with the kids in a heartbeat! The idea of walking through the world with the wonder of a child is real, valuable learning. I admire those who are brave enough and have the means to have their children experience learning this way.
So to end my rant, I guess all I have to say is, give your kids life days, mental health days, fuck around days etc. once in a while. I don’t force my kids to go to school every damn day. they are already there 40 hours per week, without pay, just like us at our jobs. If you look back at your childhood and realize how wasted it was, doesn’t that make you want different for your kids? I know it has for me. So I let them have kid and life days when I see fit. it’s important to balance their lives that way. I want their human experience to feel as organic as possible, and I just don’t see anything natural about school.