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Month: January 2018

William Cobbett Believed in Unschooling

William Cobbett Believed in Unschooling

Near the end of the delightful collection “Cobbett’s Country Book” there is a section about the importance of rural sports. By this he mostly means hunting, especially with dogs. (Though he goes into detail about a game called “Singlestick” where two men beat each other with sticks until one draws blood on the head that runs down an inch.) Cobbett describes his reason for unschooling his kids, having determined they could and would learn on their own sheerly out of…

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Musings on a Short Winter

Musings on a Short Winter

I know, I know, it’s too early to call it. There will certainly be much more bad weather. But it seems to me that the chances for a severe Winter are past. We had our cold snap in December and since then this is the first day with real snow on the ground in 10 or so days, and it’s getting rained off right away. As the days get longer, the chances for consistent cold weather go down, and I…

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