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My Blog was nominated for a Homeschool Blog Award!

My blog was nominated for a Homeschool Blog Award! It’s under the category: Best Current Events, Opinions, or Politics Blog. It’s great to have my unschooling blog nominated. And honestly I’ve really been wanting to merge social awareness and action with the freedom of homeschooling.

As Marianne Williamson said:

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.”

That’s always been my motivation for homeschooling. I mean I left school because I love to learn. School was getting in the way.

I was upset by the lies I was learning and the time I was wasting when I could be finding out the truth.

Now I continue to promote homeschooling, unschooling, and all freedom in education because I think it’s our best hope. I really do.

I think it is just as Marrianne Williamson says: radical. It’s going to the root: how we are raised, how we live, and how we learn or are prevented from learning. I think the freedom of unschooling and homeschooling are what enable a radically new way of doing this.

In the end unschooling is about throwing off all the rules and expectations of how children and students are supposed to live and learn.

Homeschooling is about the family and the community, rather than the government, the church, or other huge impersonal institutions, deciding how children will be raised and educated.

And I guess radical unschooling is about sticking to that throwing off of expectations and rules as the actual way people live and learn.

I think in practice all radical unschoolers have some rules and expectations. Personally I think rules and expectations can be pretty helpful! But I can understand some people just plain having a strong aversion to the very idea of them: many, most, or all of us have suffered under arbitrary and harmful rules and expectations.

In the end, for me, it’s about exploring and honestly looking at the world and ourselves. Then finding out what actually works for each person or group in each situation.

To do that we need a whole lot of freedom. And I’ve found hearing and reading other people’s journeys, opinions, and just information about the world very helpful for my own journey and understanding.

So I hope my blog with all its opinions, politics, and info about current events is helpful to other people as well!

Meanwhile, us seven unschooling/homeschooling teens and young adults are really enjoying worldschooling around Japan on Worldschool Travel Tour: Japan in Autumn 2009! Today is a rainy day so maybe we’ll take it easy or explore Kyoto more and see some shoutengai: indoor hallway markets.

Thanks for reading and thanks for voting for my blog if you feel so inclined!

8 Responses to “My Blog was nominated for a Homeschool Blog Award!”

  1. Idzie says:

    Sheesh, you seem to be into bashing radical unschooling lately! I still think that’s an interesting conversation I want to have with you sometime IRL… ūüėČ

    Seriously though, it is really cool that both of our blogs ended up there, among all the much more, erm, traditional (and very Christian), blogs! I always love reading what you have to say, and your blog definitely deserves to win in that category, as far as I’m concerned. Good luck! :-)

  2. Eli Gerzon says:

    Thanks Idzie! I wouldn’t have even known I was nominated if you hadn’t told me! I really hope you win too in the Best Teen Girl Blog category too!

    Vota por Idzie mis amigos!: http://hsbapost.com/best-teen-girl-blog-2009/

    The name of her blog is “Yes, I Can Write”. I think it’s at the bottom since it’s in alphabetical order.

    Bashing radical unschooling? Me? ūüėČ Really, I’m really happy to talk about it more with you anytime. And I’m really not trying to bash anything!

    I’m so glad we can work together on our unschooling blogs! Yeah, it is very cool we were nominated among so many Christian curriculum homeschool blogs.

    Good luck to you too! Looks like we’re both in second place at the moment!

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  4. zenmomma says:

    You’ve got my vote!

  5. Eli Gerzon says:

    Thank you Mary! :)

  6. You got my vote!!!!

    lisa

    • Eli Gerzon says:

      Thanks to you too Lisa! Just glanced over at your blog and looks like you have some amazing photos! I look forward to checking it out more.

      -Eli

  7. Congrats! I just discovered you and LOVE what you are doing! I couldn’t agree more with you and that Marianne Williamson quote!

    We don’t just love worldschooling, we live it! We have been on an open ended world tour as a family since 2006 and have been to 32 countries, 4 continents & traveled over 175,000 miles (most overland).

    Our child was 5 when we started ( & an advanced reader) and just turned 9. Combining books, travel and the web is the best possible education for global citizens of the 21st century!

    I wish everyone could do it and more are today, now that it is possible to work and school any where in the world. We travel the world for MUCH less than we could live at home & live large (& green) on just 25K a year for a family of 3!

    I want everyone to know that it is easier, cheaper & more rewarding than most people realize!

    I think you might enjoy our first soultravelers3 youtube video!

    http://www.soultravelers3.com/2008/12/where-in-heaven.html#more

    Keep up your great work!!

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