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On the Adult Model

Folding Napkins"Young children grow through being imprinted by those around them - their neurological systems are structured specifically for this. Therefore, while they are gaining their independent legs over the first twelve to eighteen years, forming attachments to adult models is critical. This means that ongoing and dependable relationships with the adults in their lives is a must. In order to be nourished by and learn from adults, children have to open at a core level. Until they hit preadolescence they have not yet digested what they have taken in, and have barely begun to make the learning (and selfhood) their own. For the adult to leave during this process would be like opening a water bag to fill it and then walking away without sealing it back up. When a central adult leaves, the child is literally torn and his life force cannot help but drain out that tear, any more than water could stop its flow. . .

"In the school situation, until the child enters the years of “heart awareness” his grounding in his parents overshadows all else and the teacher is really an appendage. But once the child enters the elementary years, part of his move toward independence is to attach to the teacher at a core level. Therefore, if a teacher has to leave unexpectedly or before the child reaches preadolescence, the child experiences a similar, though somewhat less profound, tear. And, as is true with the parent, this is a serious wound that can be healed, but only if we accept it and honor the damage. Today we are reaping the bitter fruits of an educational system which does not honor the need for attachment to adult models. All told, a stable, bonded relationship with an adult who is actively growing, is the primary nourishment for the growing child – without it, he cannot bloom."

~Enki Homeschool Teaching Guides, Foundations I

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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