For the first four or five years of a child’s life we trust them to learn all about life and the skills they need with minimal input from us. What changes? Why, all of a sudden should we ship our kids off to school, isolate them from real-life and stick them with 30 other pupils of their own age, amongst 100s of children all of whom are forced to go there, when real-life is going on on the outside. Is school just free childcare? Can we not be bothered to spend time with these amazing little people? OK, they can be a pain in the arse sometimes and you won’t always feel like playing horsies again (!) but surely they deserve a better start than this.
I went through the usual routine: O levels, 5 A and AS levels with a couple more O levels thrown in so I didn’t get bored and finally a degree. John Holt describes a job as what you have to go to earn some money and a career as a series of jobs. Whereas work is something you feel drawn toward, something you really enjoy doing (and hopefully someone is going to pay you to do it). After my degree I spent a “year out” aimlessly wandering around Europe and visiting friends until I got bored and I felt the only option was getting a job. Middle of recession not the best time to be looking for work but I eventually found one and I’m not saying it wasn’t fun at times but I spent a lot of time gazing out of the window at the sunny day going on outside. After four years I eventually built up the bottle to go self-employed, but this still involved a lot of travel so after moving to Wales I finally started to try and find local “work” and carve a niche for myself in West Wales. I used what skills I had: did some tutoring, computer repairs, worked in an animal sanctuary, did some gardening, until computers looked like the easiest and most fun way to make a living and have enough time plenty of time to play. Then a family came along and that is a whole other story. But my point is it took me fourteen adult years until I finally realised that I didn’t have to go out and earn lots of money for stuff I didn’t need. I had been forced to go through education, then what do you do, you get a job. You want to earn as much as you can – fulfil your potential – but what about the stress; the doing what you don’t want to do
FREE THE CHILDREN!