The Invisible School

In our Western Society we consider it normal and beneficial to send kids away from their homes every day, so that they can be socialized by the state or some private institution and not by their parents, thus breaking a very powerful emotional bond. This system was explicitly put into place by the Ancient Greeks and has been perpetuated ever since. Kids spend hours in giant concrete boxes, wondering why everyone insists on making them learn things that don't seem to matter, that nobody else around them really uses in daily life. The result, if it's not already obvious, is a lost people, wondering who they are, what they're doing, and for what purpose. (You can read a great article about that by John Taylor Gatto here)

In contrast, tribal people all over the world do not send their kids away; they do not lock them up and coerce them into learning abstract concepts disconnected from their lives. Instead, they just live their lives, welcome their young ones into their daily lives, and nurture them to become well-adjusted adults by simply being good examples (see an article by Peter Gray here).

This doesn't mean tribal people have not been educated; just the opposite: their understanding of the world around them is nothing but stunning. The only difference between western education and tribal education is that, in the latter, there is no disconnection between life and learning or between teacher and student. Schooling happens but it is invisible to the eye.

When I consider what I want to do with my life the answer is never "to have a job" or "to teach." It is always "to live my life to the fullest" according to the principles described here and on the home page. I do not want to spend time preparing lessons, thinking of ways to get students to appreciate what I have to offer, spending time away from my daily tasks so that others can do the same. I just want to live my life. And I just wish others to live their lives.

I do believe that we have a lot of knowledge to pass on but we do not need a structure named "school" to do so. We just need to do what we do, welcome you into our lives, be good examples, and let you absorb what you need to learn through careful observation and gentle guidance. That way, what you learn is not artificial, not disconnected from the greater life context, not "what I should be doing but I don't have time because I'm too busy teaching." Instead, it is just what it is: Life.