Today’s Poetry Type:
When you see zero, what does it mean?
Is it a void to your mind?
An absence, null. What makes a life dull?
A cruel lack, the deficit unkind?
But what if zilch amounts to much more –
Potential waiting to fill?
What makes a life dull? An absence null.
The void contains vastness, if we’re still.
We know the richness of unfilled time
The zestiness freedom brings.
An absence, null, that makes a life dull?
No! Inspiration with graceful wings!
There’s a lot of “no” in my kids’ lives. No school, no curriculum, no chores, no rules, no punishment….does that mean that nothing is being learned, or tried, or explored?
If you’ve been here before, I suspect you’ve already got an idea about that. If you interacted with one or both of my kids in person, you’d know for sure…
Zero enforced education doesn’t equate to “zero learning.”
What it means is that they have the free time to devote to their own pursuits. Sometimes these are avid and obviously rich in learning. Other times, it’s so subtle no one besides them might see what exactly it is they’re doing.
Something that seems increasingly absent as kids are in school, after care, extracurriculars and enrichment, is the time and space just to BE – to dream or stare into space or meditate or watch the clouds. It’s the time to hug, to sing and dance, to explore new ideas, to play…
To learn who they are, and how the world is, and how those fit together.
These aren’t generally part of a school curriculum. Many things that can’t be quantified aren’t. And giving the children in school too much free time can lead to “distraction” and “disruption.” A lot of school depends upon adequate crowd control – with an adult in charge, and the kids acquiescent to that authority structure.
My kids may never become great order-takers. But, so far, neither seems inclined to live a life based on taking orders. They have a moral sense of right and wrong that’s been nurtured with discussion and experience, an awareness of the rule of law, and the time to work out how that applies to them… and, to me, these are more valuable gifts. Of that, I have zero doubt.