Since discovering unschooling I've been very excited and inspired by this as both an educational and parenting philosophy. I've also been inspired by the teachings of Abraham in the context of radical unschooling. Abraham advocates trusting children and says that the greatest gift we can give to children is to help them stay connected with their own guidance systems.
'Oh, it is so delicious! When you have an environment where children feel free, where they get to choose, and you are brave enough to ride it out... In other words, at first they'll choose all of the things that you have been convinced are wrong... But when you are brave enough to let it go far enough that they actually do identify their own personal desire, and then you stand as the loving implementer of their desire -- you would never go back to any other form. The other never worked. It doesn't work even a little bit. It doesn't work at all. Not even a little bit.'
Abraham-Hicks - Excerpted from a workshop in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 17th, 2001
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