lugon: Open Space and Deschooling    
 Open Space and Deschooling0 comments
10 Nov 2004

Chris Corrigan wrote, way back in 2002, an article about 7 lessons and Open Space Technology.

I fully agree, really. Now, it's not so easy to take one's children (if one has any) out of school. So I wonder if there's a way to free their minds even if we can't physically free their bodies.

Freedom and openness are "only natural" things. Could it be that if they experience "open space" then they'll learn it really quickly, or maybe just remember it? I mean, maybe it takes just a very small dose (small, compared to the chronic intoxication they suffer for some 12 years) to bring up their innate knowledge of what freedom and openness taste like.

On the other hand, maybe they would suffer more if they know there's a better alternative to school? I would hope not, because I'm experiencing such a "pain" myself ... and I sort of like it. But, of course, I went out of school long ago, so I can't really imagine what it would be like to know of open space AND be confined to school for the next 6-8 years.

So I'm not sure if it's a good idea to offer just open space alone. Kids would have to receive, in addition to the few shots of vaccine, some extra vitamins to endure what's ahead of them. They would have to learn how to do well enough at school without really giving their souls away.

I wonder if it can be done.

Done, not as a sequencial thing: first you succeed at school, then you (re)learn freedom and open-space. But rather as a simultaneous thing: you do well enough at school and you simultaneously know it's not for real.

Any experiences out there?

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