Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Continuum Concept
What you see here is a photo of my favorite book.
It's not an unschooling book - it's more like a renegade anthropology book.
But anyway, the "continuum concept" described within is the backbone of my educational philosophy. And that backbone is a belief that children do not really learn by being taught. They learn by observation, experience, and just teaching themselves whatever interests them.
It was through discussing The Continuum Concept that I came to meet many unschoolers.
It also just so happens that the book has many brilliant insights into the psychology of humanity and childrearing as well!
I think that anyone who is interested in unschooling, or even interested in people, would do themselves a serious favor by reading this book. The problem is I get so emotional about it that I can't explain it! But here is some good information about it:
Please note that one of my fave authors, John Holt, is quoted on the cover as saying, "If the world could be saved by a book, this just might be the book."
I'm not sure if there is time anymore for this book to save the world, but so far it's done a great job of saving thousands of families!