Life Of Learning

In the sci-fi novel Voyage From Yesteryear, author James P Hogan explores what could happen when a governmentally structured society from Earth comes in contact with a stateless society like the one described as being on the planet Chiron. I found this book fascinating and it gave me a lot to think upon and ponder.

Some of the content I explore in this episode are:

Our drive to educate others.

Our drive for recognition and status within society.

Who should be the boss/in charge of what?

Competence as a currency.

Enticement and Inspiration vs Education and Force

The nature of government

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Find the full podcast at https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/Respectful-Parenting-And-Unschooling-With-Rachel-Ep-59-efo1o7
In this interview, I talk with Rachel who is a mum with three children here in North Canterbury. I got to know Rachel about a year ago when we both had an interest in starting a democratic school. In the meantime, our views have shifted more towards a natural learning/unschooling approach. Rachel shares about how her views on respectful parenting have led her to the unschooling approach to life and education.
This series of interviews centre around the three main themes of Freedom, Connection, and Learning. In these conversations, I aim to explore the change of lifestyle that my interviewees have adopted, how their approach to relationships have changed, and what learning looks like in their family context.
The topics we cover in this interview include:
How Rachel got into homeschooling
Social interaction when living in the country
Respectful parenting
Finding Inspiration from other parents
From homeschooling to unschooling
Looking to the future
Theo’s choice for and against school

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In this first interview of my series on people engaged in natural learning, I talk with two mums (Maree and Carly) who have come to home education in the last half-year or so. I talk about what set them onto this journey and the things they have learnt along the way.
This series of interviews centre around the three main themes of Freedom, Connection, and Learning. In these conversations, I aim to explore the change of lifestyle that my interviewees have adopted, how their approach to relationships have changed, and what learning looks like in their family context.

The topics we cover in this interview include:
How Maree and Carly got into home education
How the structure of their day has changed
Deschooling (the process of letting children recover from school)
Inspiring children through our own learning and those things we do every day
The flow of the day under schooling vs home education
Age mixing and learning coming from a variety of sources
Living in an age of connection and information possibilities
Modelling adulthood
Socialisation

So there are many interesting articles coming out from parents who are very worried about the current Covid-19 situation and what this means for their child's education. One such article is "Home school life: I feel like I am failing my kids" https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/120967688/home-school-life-i-feel-like-i-am-failing-my-kids

In the podcast I also reference these two articles:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/nz/blog/freedom-learn/201707/facts-and-fiction-about-the-so-called-summer-slide

https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2017/06/28/rethinking-education-unschooling-kerry-mcdonald

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One of the essential skills humans learn early in life is to talk, to have a conversation. For most people, this early step in life happens through natural learning.

The mistake we make is that we think that children want to be babied all the time. Children want to grow up and be fully involved in the world, to be able to add their own thoughts to the discussions happening around them. They don’t just want to be given “kids books” and have conversations about “kid-friendly topics”.

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I’m always fascinated with people’s backstory. How they came to do what they are doing and how they came to believe the things they do. The world isn’t just random, and humans certainly aren’t. There’s always a reason behind what we think and what we do. I’ve been rather fascinated by my own backstory as well. That might sound a little bit strange, but it really is quite a curious thing to look back at my journey and see how I came to be where I am today.

I used to be a primary school teacher...

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Are you ready to Rumble! I hope so because today I want to talk about roughhousing, wrestling, and rough and tumble play. Roughhousing is essentially any activity such as wrestling, pillow fighting, sliding down the stairs, jumping off the bed and many other such activities. Many people are somewhat hesitant about roughhousing but without it you are missing out on a valuable and important way of connecting with your children.

When children are still babies we can connect with them by holding them, gazing into each other’s eyes, soothing and cuddling them. As they get older though there may still be peaceful moments of connection by reading a book together or cuddling, but children are not always in the mood to sit down quietly. The great thing about wrestling is that it is an active interaction that can promote connection and confidence within your children. The message of roughhousing is; “Your power is welcome here. This is a place for you to be strong and connected, without hurting anyone.”

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The drive to play is found in most mammals and some species of birds. As humans, we too have a drive to play; in fact, play possibly has a greater significance in our lives than any other creature. But what really is play? And why, particular to this episode, do children love chasing games so much?

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Today, when we think of the words education, learning and children, we also immediately think of schooling. In other words we think of education as something done to children by adults.
As the education researcher Peter Gray put it,

“Today, in the minds of most people,the onus for education lies with adults, who have the responsibility to make children acquire certain aspects of the culture, whether or not the children want to acquire them. But throughout human history the real onus for education has always lain with children themselves, and it still does today. Just as children come into the world with instinctive drives to eat and drink what they must to survive, they come into the world with instinctive drives to educate themselves - to learn what they must to become effective members of the culture around them and thereby to survive. Those instinctive drives, broadly construed, are curiosity, playfulness, and sociability.”

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In my last video, I talked about the importance of simulations, especially games, as learning tools. However, sometimes we get stuck there, making simulations the primary way of learning. But that is not their rightful place. Simulations are “Plan B” when it comes to learning. Our “Plan A” should be direct learning.

So what is direct learning? Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “He who can go to the fountain does not go to the water jar.” Direct learning is the principle that we learn something best by getting as much hands-on experience as possible.

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Games are a lot of fun. They are highly enjoyable, and for children in particular. But why is that? What are they getting out of it? Why are games so important? And why should we be both initiating and joining in games with our children?

In this video, I also want to introduce you to another easy dice game that you can play in your family.

My main point is that games are effectively a form of simulation and that simulations play an important part of our lives.

Computer and video games, do you think your kids are spending too much time on them? Are you wanting them to do other things but whatever you suggest seems to get turned down? Do you see no point in video games and that your children are just wasting their time and not learning the things that you think are actually important?

Join me as I talk about why we should join children in their video games, why video games are so important to many children, and the concern about video games and addiction.

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A great activity that fosters conversation, connection through spending time together, and co-inspiration as you create amazing ideas, is to create Dice Stories.

Hope they can be lots of fun!

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Here in NZ we are heading into Covid 19 lockdown.

This is my introduction to a new series that I am doing on Natural Learning.

In this episode I go into what natural learning is and in following episodes I will show how the principles can be applied in everyday life.

An increasing number of schools are shutting down worldwide due to the Corona Virus. This puts many parents into a situation where they may find themselves considering home education. Yes, this has produced some dank memes and also some good reflective questions.
What can you do if you find yourself in a position where school is no longer an option?
Has the Corona Virus pandemic made homeschooling a more attractive option for you?
For some dank memes see: https://www.facebook.com/leah.schwartzmccaffertyhovey/posts/2854527854638197
If you are keen to get in touch and talk about how you can pursue natural learning for your family check out my website www.frankeducation.nz

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We are always learning. There is never a time when we are not learning. But what are we learning? What is the aim of our learning?

I believe there are two general aims or general directions that our learning can take. As John Taylor Gatto put it:

“You either learn your way towards writing your own script in life, or you unwittingly become an actor in someone else’s script.”

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Too often we think about what people SHOULD feel. But it really doesn’t matter what we think people should feel, it only matters what they actually DO feel.

Related episodes:

The Art Of Principled Negotiation (Ep.39) https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/The-Art-Of-Principled-Negotiation-Ep-39-eaoajv

The Fear Of Freedom And Responsibility (Ep.40) https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/The-Fear-Of-Freedom-And-Responsibility-Ep-40-eau305

Developing Our Personal Language (Ep.32) https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/Developing-Our-Personal-Language-Ep-32-e9bou1

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+ also not everything has been plain sailing. Many people have asked Rachael and I why we are together even though we have some significant differences in worldview. This is my answer to that.

Link to the article I mention: https://medium.com/@justus_71245/the-art-of-principled-negotiation-a776d52eed99

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People seem to fear freedom because they fear responsibility. Particularly taking responsibility for your own life. Taking responsibility for your own life and your actions is a huge psychological barrier and emotionally overwhelming for us. Much of this comes from the lessons we learnt in childhood.

I also very much urge you to check out the podcast I mention in this episode. It is an episode from a show called The Voluntary Life where they discuss the book "The Fear of Freedom" by Eric Fromm.
#30 The Fear of Freedom by Eric Fromm https://thevoluntarylife.com/the-fear-of-freedom-by-eric-fromm

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A hard bargainer will stick to his or her position tenaciously to show they can not be pushed around. But in so doing they may escalate the tension between both parties, not reach an agreement and cause serious rifts to the relationship. On the other hand, a soft bargainer will make concessions readily to reach a deal quickly. However, this undermines their autonomy, and they are in danger of being bullied or taken advantage of.

So should one be a hard bargainer or a soft bargainer? Or is there a place in between? If so, where?

What if we ask a different set of questions entirely? Is there a better way of negotiating than positional bargaining? The answer to that is yes, there is. It is called Principled Negotiation.

Article Link "The Art Of Principled Negotiation" https://medium.com/@justus_71245/the-art-of-principled-negotiation-a776d52eed99?source=friends_link&sk=eae656c98e12de78d4765b51467e495e

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I've been enjoying some great conversations with families over the past few weeks. One of these conversations was on the topic of rewards. It is a fascinating topic and many people still see the use of rewards as something that is a valuable tool in interacting with others. But is it really? Can we justify using rewards?

After a Facebook post from a friend caught my eye regarding homeschooling, I was rather intrigued by the response of a teacher who argued that teachers were the best at teaching your children because after all, they are the experts. And "a trained and qualified professional is always going to do a better job than even the most well-intentioned amateur. That maxim holds true for haircuts, home electrical work, orthodontics, cardiac surgery, and education."

Sure, a baker is an expert at baking cakes, loaves of bread, etc. and a barber is an expert at cutting hair. But what are teachers actually experts at? If you just heard that someone was a teacher and that’s all you knew what does this mean they are a specialist at? What do we mean by the phrase, "Teachers are experts at teaching"? Does it even make any sense?

Does having the title of "teacher" actually mean you are an expert?

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Chores... it seems to be one of the biggest concerns of many parents.
Should you make children do chores or not?
Isn't it "good for them"?

Check out the video I mention in this podcast here:
https://youtu.be/N2YRso_DKo8
https://www.bitchute.com/video/0HgBpZmNwVoK/
I also reference the book Raising Competent Children by Jesper Juul.

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The article titled "Reasons Today's Kids Are Bored, Entitled, Impatient With Few Real Friends" has been shared on Facebook more than 3.6 Million times! I have seen it shared by parents, teachers and others. It seems to be one of the most popular parenting articles around the internet these days.

So I decided to take a look...
I found myself mumbling comments to myself as I was reading and then I thought, "why not speak my thoughts out loud in front of a camera?"
So here's me dissecting the good and the bad from this article.

https://deeprootsathome.com/kids-bored-entitled/?fbclid=IwAR0VzvVWgV2s9iFMPr11hauPLQEgbucRzMmmPpCkoZwa889xJCHhIq3kAVo

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Well, I'm back for the year. After a bit of a break on holidays, I'm back to planning some projects and back to making podcasts and videos. I'm also getting back into my books and there's plenty of thoughts and ideas starting to flow. In particular, I'm back to reading more of the book 'Ultralearning' by Scott Young.

This is episode is about free recall and how I am trying it in my own life.

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Created 11 months ago.

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My journey in discovering the principles behind how human beings learn and my adventures in applying these to my life.