Monday, April 23, 2007

Conclusion

So, it seems that, if we want our children to fully develop their potentials, it would be a good idea to

1 - Allow children to sleep as much or as little as they need.

2 - Allow children to decide their own levels of activity; be open to the possibility that, when your child seems to be doing nothing, they're actually working things out in the privacy of their own minds

3 - Remember that, regardless what you're told by 'professionals' and 'experts' of whatever field, nobody knows your child like you do; take your child seriously, trust their own feedback, and never, ever, surrender your own judgement!

4 - Become aware of your assumptions and beliefs around the benefits of schools and higher education. Then, do a reality check.

5 - Find out about self-directed learning and autonomous education.

6 - Become aware of your assumptions around socialization and solitude, and respect your child's natural temperament.

7 - Rejoice about neurodiversity!

8 - Instead of trying to get your children to look at the world through the eyes of an adult, try looking at the world through the eyes of a child. Allow them to be children. Remember that children are not defective adults, they are whole beings in themselves.

9 - Regain your own natural curiosity. Ask yourself: in what kinds of environments do curiosity and creativity flourish?

10 - Develop the heart, not just the intellect.