Tuesday, January 17, 2006

FW: John Taylor Gatto (Sudbury School in Houston, Tx)

During the question and answer time at the end of the talk, a tenth grader who attended a performing arts high school stood up and asked what he could do to make a difference? The suggestion: “Create groups of 3-5 students who go to nursing homes and children hospitals and put on free performances…..” I really got the idea that instead of rocking the titanic we could make a difference in a more grass roots – community minded type of way? Not causing a ‘stink’ but DOING what works.

Though he didn’t mean to, I was motivated to stop trying to make things feel and look so official. Why? That’s not working. Form organizations and offer support or build real relationships with people and support each other on a more personal level.

I’m still working these things out in my mind, so I’m sure these thoughts will marinate and make more sense later…….


Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. -Roger Lewin

Homeschool Victoria

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