This question about unschooling came my way today. It reminded me that the more I integrate an unschooling mentality into my life, my attitudes change. I sometimes forget what I used to think about unschooling and the doubts and fears I had (though somehow I still find plenty of things to be nervous about) and questions from people who are newer to the educational approach of unschooling give me a chance to clarify the philosophy and concepts.
The question I got was about laziness. The first question (before the laziness question) was: What do you do if your kids want to watch or play minecraft all day?
A: They watch or play minecraft all day. What do you mean "IF"?
(Note: some unschoolers don't have TV or video games. There are different approaches. Personally, we have an unrestricted media policy.)
I personally feel my sons' minecraft time is very well spent. But that's a separate topic.
The follow up question: How do you fend off laziness...or do you think laziness is learned?
It was an interesting question to me. I realized that I have never considered myself lazy, nor do I consider any of my family members lazy. I was trying to even think about anyone that I know whom I consider lazy, and couldn't think of anyone.
A: I think the bigger question is What is laziness? I tend to think that avoiding boring work is rational.
It is important to be able to manage your responsibilities. I have found that when people decide what they want to be responsible for, and decide what their responsibilities are and agree with them--people are rarely lazy in that context. Laziness usually manifests when someone is 'supposed' to be doing something that someone else thinks is a good idea.*
*If you are lazy about something that you yourself ostensibly think is a good idea, the question to ask is "what is my conflict."