Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Wish I'd seen this yesterday morning...

... that is, before I went to talk to dh's senior theology students about my vocation as a SAHM, wife and home-educator. The 17/18 year olds were interested in why we choose to homeschool ... and now Michele Q posts this quote from Fr. George Rutler:

I’d encourage your youngest one to abandon kindergarten altogether. Almost everything I learned was learned outside the classroom, and school itself interrupted my education. Moreover, school locks you in with your peers. That is a mistake. One’s social circle should never include one’s equals. From my earliest years I found children uninteresting and always preferred the company of adults. This was an advantage, because I got to know lots of folks who are dead now whom I never would have known if I had waited until I was an adult. - So I have a collective memory - and oral tradition - that goes back to the
eighteenth century, having spoken with people who knew people who knew people who knew people who lived then. - The only real university is the universe and a
city its microcosm. That is why an expression like “New York University” is
foolish. New York City is the university….Instead of school, children should
spend some hours each day in hotel lobbies talking to the guests. They should
spend time in restaurant kitchens and shops and garages of all kinds, learning
from people who actually make the world work….One day spent roaming through a real classical church building would be the equivalent of one academic term in
any of our schools, and a little time spent inconspicuously in a police station
would be more informative than all the hours wasted on bogus social sciences.
Formal lessons would only be required for accuracy in spelling and proficiency
in public speaking, for which the public speakers in our culture are not models,
and in exchange for performing some menial services a child could learn the
violin, harp, and piano from musicians in one of the better cocktail lounges, or
from performers in the public subways….So I urge you to keep your child out of
kindergarten, because kindergarten will only lead to first grade and then the
grim sequence of grade after grade begins and takes its inexorable toll on the
mind born fertile but gradually numbed by the pedants who impose on the captive
child the flotsam of their own infecundity.
(as quoted by Peter Robinson on the National Review Online)

Now, THAT would have been a great answer for Rick's senior students!


Rachel said...

How unbelievably cool! Thank you that was awesome. I may have to put that on my blog somewhere.
So so so cool!


Erin said...

I'd love to know what you 'did' say to the students? :)

Anonymous said...

Very interesting!

Carmen L. said...

I love it. Thanks for posting this. I especially needed to see that right now after having a tough winter term. I feel re-invirograted. (I guess we all need that from time to time.) It didn't occur to me until after I graduated college that I actually was way more excited about learning out of school than in it. I remember Fr Rutler coming to visit my parish sometime when I was in high school. Anyway, thanks again!