Friday, August 16, 2013

Time for Reflection

While reflecting on my earlier post and the comments this morning, I realized how much our society under values the process of stopping, reflecting, thinking, considering, and figuring things out.

To outsiders in general, and to our friends and family specifically, it looks as is we've done nothing over the past year. We heard concerns from well meaning folks about our decisions. We fielded suggestions to use this curriculum, that curriculum, Waldorf, Montessori, and every other philosophy.

To many, it seemed outrageous that we wouldn't follow a prepackaged plan. After all, there are so many from which to choose. Surely one of them would fit our needs, right?

But I say, no thank you. I find no value in simply following others' ideas. The value and the growth comes from taking the time to figure things out for ourselves. We may end up doing things very similarly to philosophies which are already established, but we will have arrived at those conclusions through our own thoughts and devices. Thinking and acting for ourselves is of the upmost importance.

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