From: The Optimisim of Uncertainty by Howard Zinn
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places–and there are so many–where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Random/ Not So Random Links
In Grad school I went to a talk given by John Taylor Gatto. It was sponsored by a homeschool association. His ideas really resonated with me.
John Taylor Gatto Interview
Other Evidence of the extension of childhood
Book: Movement and Moving is Relating: Exploring Interpersonal Skills through Movement.
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: how to quit school and get a real life and education
Guerrilla Learning is based around the five keys to guerilla learning…Opportunity, Timing, Interest, Freedom and Support.
An Unschool School??: Spring Valley School (a Sudbury School)
Leaders are not, as we are often led to think, people who go along with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see, whether anyone is following them. “Leadership qualities” are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, stubbornness, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going badly.
True leaders, in short, do not make people into followers, but into other leaders.
— John Holt, Growing Without Schooling, Issue No. 2, November, 1977