Chris Corrigan - Caitlin Frost and their two children Finn and Aine Septemeber 2006
Most people feel that school could be better. Many are behind actions to make school more efficient and accountable. But a significant minority are not sure that school, as it is today, prepares our children best for the turbulent world ahead.
They ask questions like these:
What do my kids really need to know to cope and thrive in the world to come?
What kind of person comes out of this system? Are they up for change and for taking charge of their lives?
They question school itself!
They also know that they do not have the time to change the school system. So if you feel that school might not prepare your child best for the world to come and you know that you do not have the time to change school, what do you do?
17 years ago my friend Chris Corrigan and his partner Caitlin Frost asked themselves these kinds of questions.
They chose to "Unschool" their children. This meant in practice that their children did what children for millions of years did. They lived closely with their parents who were both self employed and learned directly from them and from their experiences who they were and how the world worked.
The core lesson learned was who they were as people. Then they were ready to enter school as it is and take what they needed from it.
In Grade 7 for Aine, she entered the system for the first time but as a quite fully realized person.
Aine is now 17 and is about to graduate and plans to go to university next year.
Aine was gracious enough to tell us how this went for her. In this video/interview she will cover all the key questions that any parent or child might ask. I think you will also note what a wise and self possessed young woman she is.
We hope that her story will help you make your decisions.