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Exposure and/or Passions

“A simple maxim: don’t expose and don’t look for passions; just listen and make good suggestions”

“I have found over the years that things that make me angry give me a passion to fix them.”

“… They should be passionate about getting a job someday.”

– Roger Schank

http://educationoutrage.blogspot.com/2014/02/help-your-child-find-their-passion.html

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See also: “Forget Following Your Heart – Follow Your Heartbreak”

http://www.angelamaiers.com/2013/09/forget-following-your-heart-follow-your-heartbreak.html

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“At present there are differences of opinion….for all peoples do not agree as to the things that the young ought to learn, either with a view to virtue or with a view to the best life, nor is it clear whether their studies should be regulated with regard to intellect or with regard to character.”
— Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

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Remembering how to play as an adult

Two quotes about people reconnecting with what they like to do by thinking about what they liked to do when they were kids and PLAYED!

“Try to remember the way you saw the world when you were a little kid, and practice it. This will help with the guilt, since kids never feel guilty about playing, and it will also keep you from getting too spiritually stagnant.”
— Ran Prieur

http://ranprieur.com/advice.html

“So one of the things I wanted to do [after stopping work at google] was think about what I liked to do when I was little and to do more of that. I had heard somewhere from someone that that’s a good way to figure out what you like and what you are good at. So, I spent more time doing things that I liked to do a long time ago.”
— Ellen Huerta Interview: Why I Left Google

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Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail
and an interesting quote from a book mentioned in the article: “First of all, as I see it, no one has any ability whatsoever to figure out what is going to be important to people….” http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-02-20/go-ahead-let-your-kids-fail

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The power of letting kids do what THEY want

His vexed look was saying, “How dare she question the depths of my knowledge. She doesn’t know me.”
— SVS student, age 5

http://blog.sudburyvalley.org/2014/05/grades-of-knowledge/

This is such a great blog post. I just re-read it today. This pretty much sums up why we wanted our kids to go to SVS as little kids. (Our 9-year-old is in his 6th year already… he started when he was 4.) Some people might think that SVS is more useful as kids get older. But I think that is quite mistaken and this blog post captures this very well.

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Kids’ free play correlated with social “success” as adults

New research from Germany finds people who recall having plenty of free time during childhood enjoy high levels of social success as adults.

Free time as kids was also linked with high self-esteem and the flexibility to adjust one’s goals.

Noted at:

http://www.psmag.com/navigation/books-and-culture/value-unstructured-play-time-kids-81177/

The original research article (abstract and free PDF download of article):

http://www.epjournal.net/articles/does-playing-pay-the-fitness-effect-of-free-play-during-childhood/

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Sudbury Valley and Free Kids related links – 5/15/2014

When Adults Take Over Children’s Fun

http://www.freerangekids.com/when-adults-take-over-childrens-fun/

“Schoolification” of Sports (from the unschool subreddit)

http://www.reddit.com/r/unschool/comments/25evsw/schoolification_of_sports/

Interview with Hanna Rosin (news report video)
“The Overprotected Kid.”

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/parents-let-kids-take-risks/

A Useful Reminder: Louis C.K. Was Bad Before He Was Good

http://calnewport.com/blog/2014/02/26/a-useful-reminder-louis-c-k-was-bad-before-he-was-good/

“I could see that the experience of meeting her was confusing to many of them. They were at the conference in support of learning through play, but here was a young woman who really had learned through play—through true, self-directed play, without coercion—and they found it hard to believe. I wish Nina had been invited as one of the principal speakers.”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201405/can-lego-help-return-play-children-s-lives-and-education

The (Mandatory) Science Fair….
“Parent1: You mean I get an A on his science project?”

http://hanaschank.blogspot.com/2014/05/stupid-shit-my-kids-do-in-school-vol-1.html

How to find the perfect job… from Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) http://www.lifebuzz.com/mike-rowe/

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