Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Better than School. Film School.

My children were homeschooled, a misnomer, at best. I prefer to say I never sent my children to school. Sure, they did school stuff - bunches of classes here and there over the years - college classes for Julia at 15, cooking classes and adult baking for Jerzy as a 12-year-old, that sort of thing. Julia took herself off to boarding school for a year in 11th grade, returning to college classes for her senior year at home, before going away to "real" college on the other side of the country. But the actual schoolwork was secondary. I'll try to be brief, resisting my urge to talk about our walks together; the books we read and assignments we worked on; friends that came and stayed and played; travels; plans made and problems solved; applications, jobs, successes and failures; crazy pick-up softball in the rain; soccer; crossword puzzles; Family Guy and South Park and Singing in the Rain and White Christmas; the entire weekend of foreign films, Babette's Feast, with me reading the subtitles aloud; talking; sharing; caring. Suffice it to say, we know one another well. We love one another even more.

Along comes David Gilmour with his memoir, The Film Club, about his two years watching movies with his son in lieu of school. Here's a video. I can't wait to get the book.


sharryb said...

sounds like you had a wonderful time with your kids. The perfect education.

The Film Club sounds good. One of the ways I most connect with my son is talk about movies.

H.A. Page said...

Oh, I think you have to be so brave to do have done that. Mine, three in five years, would have done nothing but play, play play, and I would have been too worn out to teach. Herding them was like herding cats. Or gazelles, with all the energy they had.

However, I agree with your ideas of connecting, sharing knowledge. Teaching how to have a life of the mind, to know how to think and what to think about is more important than factual fluency. Just so you know where to go to get the information you need.

Our world is so complicated and making the decisions on how to live in this world is a matter of quality of life. And quality of mind....