Date: June 18, 2018
“You know how missionaries used to run around the globe forcing everyone to be a Christian? And in the process, they destroyed native cultures and traditions?
Well, the same thing is happening today with Western “teen culture.” It is being exported around the world with disastrous effects.
Preindustrial societies mostly exhibit a continuum from childhood to adulthood. There is generally no random cut off age where suddenly teens are given rights and expected to become adults. Children seamlessly and gradually integrate into adulthood, with puberty rites being the only major benchmark.
These societies were “free-range parenting” before it was cool. Even toddlers have a large degree of autonomy. The child is allowed to explore, and the mother provides the nurturing, feeding, and love at the child’s initiation. Young children participate in the work of their parents and elders and interact and learn from people of all ages.
Children are raised from infancy alongside adults, instead of being segregated into peer groups of the same age. They slowly learn from adults and take on more responsibilities by emulating what they see.
What do kids see in the USA? A bunch of other kids with whom they have been grouped by government and industry working in tandem. Instead of emulating adults, they act like their peers. They want to dress the same, impress others with their technology, and keep up with the same tv shows.
This creates an artificial sub-culture based on age. And it creates a new market.”
I can get behind the un-schooling attitude of this piece…though given the deep level of religion in homeschooling…it always makes me suspicious when people tell you to homeschool…
I understand…there’s probably some good, non-religious homeschool curriculum out there, but…still…religion is rampant in this area.
My only other issue…is that of “the family breakdown”…
…The “nuclear family” model?…Sure…
…But maybe this means we need to start socially recognizing the family we choose, as opposed to the family nature, government or the church chooses for us?
I think it’s time for a cultural revolution, on what the term “family” means.