Sanskrit, hacking and Kung Fu

My son has a very eclectic education.  Spot teaches him how to design magic decks.  Hawina teaches him history and science.  Sky works with Willow on math stuff.  I teach him critical thinking via an elaborate fantasy role playing game.  His formalized homeschooling at CHEC in Cville is currently anthropology and strategy and tactics.  When i sat down with him the other day and asked him where he wanted things to be going with his education i was surprised by his answers.

non-conventional thinking

He said he was interested in learning Hindu and Sanskrit.  Now he did spend a little time studying Latin with Hawina and learned a handful of words, but then lost interest in it after getting some of the background for Harry Potter spells.  And my guess is Hindu is hard and Sanskrit (being a quite dead language) is even harder.  And if he wants to move this way, we will at least take steps to see if we can accommodate him.

Willow said he wanted to learn computer hacking.  He currently plays games where he creates creatures and civilization, but hacking feels several steps up from this.  If anyone has a good intro to hacking curriculum, please feel encouraged to pass it on.

He also wanted to learn a martial art that does not require a weapon.  His early experience was in short stick, which he liked at the time, but now feels he wants something he can do with just his body.  This is perhaps the most accessible of his recent requests.

He also said he was interested in architecture, which of course thrilled his grandmother on my side, because my dad was an architect, so we will get him a little drafting table with a built in right angle to facilitate drawing straight lines.

i dont remember much about my life when i was 9.  But i am certain i was not interested in dead languages.  And it is a different time, and he is a very different person.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

9 responses to “Sanskrit, hacking and Kung Fu”

  1. A says :

    Try Scratch, kids-compatible, free (though not open source), available for all operating systems

  2. ted says :

    Here is a link to a very geeky parent wanting the some things for their child, and many interesting options.

    I wish I had more support as a child from my parents for my computery dreams

  3. Abbey O says :

    Can all members at Twin Oaks get an education, or does this just apply to kids? I would like to visit Twin Oaks, and learning things like Hindu sounds way more interesting than doing calculus at university!

    • ted says :

      I actually learned calculus at TO! It was fun, but we got distracted, because the commune is populated by cats, but good while it lasted. The other members did make fun of us and shove us in lockers for being nerds.

  4. paxus says :


    There is teach credit, where any member can get labor credits for teaching any other member anything. i promise it is often more interesting than calculus.

    Paxus in Death City

    • Abbey O says :

      That is AWESOME! The only things I have to offer are Russian and ukulele, but I would love to learn things from other members. Planning a visit right now. 🙂

  5. kelsey says :

    Willow. Rocks.
    Please send my cheers to him for continuing to be an amazing, unique, true-to-himself human being. I am inspired and think I’ll go make my own list…

    And Pax, thanks for the continual inspiration to be the best citizen, human, and parent I can be. The blog continues to be a light in my days. Perhaps I should translate it into Kiswahili to try and share with my neighbors.

    Love, from far and wide,

    • Paxus says :

      Mz Kelsey:

      the inflatable japanese hospitals are not the same since you left. know that there is a place for you and your extraordinary family in YankeeLand should you ever tire of your adventures in Africa.

      the games master at Woodfolk

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