Friday, April 9, 2010

To Live As If School Didn't Exist

My new favorite definition of unschooling comes from the slogan of the 2008 Live & Learn Conference:

Unschoolers Live As If School Didn't Exist.

I  like this definition because it invites us into a new paradigm.  It invites us to live as if.

Entire realities are created by people living as if.

The process of creative visualization depends on living as if.

People love Gandhi's exhortation that we be the change we wish to see in the world. And what does it mean to be the change, if not to live as if, i.e. to live as though the change has already occurred?

It's not wishful thinking to live as if.  Wishful thinking is passive.  Wishful thinking waits for things to change. Living as if doesn't wait for things to change. Living as if is active.  It embodies change.

It creates a new normal.  Not everywhere, but right where we are.

We don't have to change the whole world to change the world, you know.  

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