A Quote and a Question


“Our knitting the net of subjects makes a sort of hammock: though it has holes, it will uplift and support its owner. While we knit, the children fill in the holes. By means of self-education they acquire genuine, long-lasting knowledge – the real stuff.” Karen Andreola


What if holes and gaps don’t signify parental failures on our parts at all,  but rather mark Terra Incognita – marvelous spaces for our children to bravely explore?


10 thoughts on “A Quote and a Question

  1. Colorfuldayz says:

    I love the question you ask … so much, that I would like to put it up in my office/studio, but I would like to be able to have your name so that I can let people know where it came from. Would you drop me a note with it at Colorfuldayz@gmail.com? Really inspirational, both as a parent and an educator.

  2. Jimmie says:

    Most profound. Gaps/holes are inevitable. But you are right, they may be allowances for freedom of expression or discovery.
    We don’t have to “do it all.” Just build that net.

  3. Kika says:

    As a homeschooler I know I’ll never feel I’m covering everything I’d like. I do trust, though, that because my kids are excited about learning and I try to model a desire (and need) for continued growth and learning, that they will slowly fill in any holes on their own.

  4. Sarah says:

    Absolutely. It takes a whole reshaping of your view of ‘education’ to get to the point that you can appreciate that as true, doesn’t it?

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