Home Rule, Home School

Hawina is out for the week so i am doing far more Willow homeschooling time than i normally do.  What i normally do is a fantasy role playing game with Willow (11), Kaya (9), Evan (13) and Rowan (17).  It is a cross between Dungeons and Dragons and Trivial Pursuits.  Except the questions are Significa instead of Trivia.  We do geography, math, history, as well as some limited biology and other topics – with occasional Mensa questions thrown in for good measure.  The game is called Heroes and largely they design their own characters and i build the world around them with riddles and tricks and traps and puzzles and as much pedagogic value as i can squeeze into it and still have it be something they are excited to do.


In addition, this week, Willow and i have had other educational times together, just the two of us.  We have read some, but mostly we have been watching these brilliant educational videos, The Skeptics Guide to American History.  The guy who does it is a really good lecturer, despite being very “no frills” in his presentation and dressed in a suit and tie.  We learned the American Revolution was neither American nor a Revolution in its inception.  Stuff i did not know:

  • In 1763, the colonists saw themselves not as Americans but as proud members of the British Empire.
  • Radicals in the First Continental Congress argued that Parliament had no rights in the
    colonies, but moderates disagreed.  And the moderates overwhelmingly controlled Congress.
  • Even after the fighting began in Lexington and Concord the moderates sent an Olive Branch Petition to the King of England who rejected it, basically forcing the colonies into war.

It is not the Peoples History of the United States, but Willow and i have been enjoying our conversations and bringing history to life.

Revolutionaries dont ask

Revolutionaries don’t ask

[Edited by Judy Youngquest]

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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.

3 responses to “Home Rule, Home School”

  1. dondilyons says :

    Pax, I love reading your blog. I have such love for Twin Oaks and community and it brings me back, even when I’m miles away. This one really got me excited though. I teach 8th Grade American History in a military community in Germany. I use Lies My Teacher Told Me and People’s History but I’m not familiar with the Skeptics Guide. I’m going to look into getting it for my class. It feels good that I’ve taught my students all the stories you mentioned, but I’m always looking to expand my repertoire! Thanks!

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