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What Is the "Real World"?

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“What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?” ~Desiderius Erasmus

Today’s visit to Howe Caverns

The argument is largely a matter of semantics. What constitutes the “real” world? We “homeschoolers” believe it is the home–ours and those of our friends, family, and acquaintances of all ages–the grocery store, the farm, the museum, the library, the park, the business, places of real work and art, sometimes the classroom, and the people we might meet and come to know in all these places. “They” create buildings made up entirely of classrooms, segregate everyone within them by age (among other things), cut them off from the everyday life that goes on outside, and call it “the real world.”

“School calls a small sliver of the world ‘all,’ and we call all of life’s learning ‘some'”.

~Sandra Dodd

Written by cherapple

10 September, 2009 at 12:21 am

Posted in Fun In Groups, Quotes

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