I'm sure it will surprise absolutely no one to learn that I'm not naturally the strict, by-the-book authoritarian type. In fact, I traditionally hate doing things that way – I really do.
the learning happens in the struggle
It’s so tempting sometimes to actually teach my kids some history. But I can’t.
Well, I CAN – it’s just I know I shouldn’t. Not very often. Teaching them stuff is, um… bad. I'm supposed to inspire them along a learning journey, or... something.
I love my kids, but I haven't found them to be particularly self-driven about anything tied to this week's state standards. There are important discussions to be had about whether we've trained them from an early age that under no circumstances will we allow them to fail at anything, ever - especially in school. But those sound hard, and I don't feel like it.