Children and education in community

March 27, 2018

 

I believe the greatest beneficiaries of living in a community surrounded by nature are the children.  In most countries education is compulsory whether by schooling, home schooling or distance learning but research in Finland the country that ranked number one in global educational results has shown that children do better when they don't get homework and when they play outside more.

Children growing up in a community have so much freedom compared to most of those in the city or suburbs.  They have access to nature and certainly our children in the Eco-village we have lived in for the last twenty years were a small tribe, that were up trees, in the streams, on horses and had open doors to several homes so they could choose to eat the meals that appealed the most, or consecutively if the timing was right!  They often slept outside on the trampoline, by a horse that was due to birth or civilised in tents.

We had a 'no television' policy and they just escaped the mass takeover of mobile devices so they either played with their imagination or card games and the girls were avid readers.  

It will be interesting to observe the consequences of the mass global experiment we are conducting on ourselves with the exposure to WiFi, smart meters and the stimulation provided by devices.

 

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