Education is one of the topics that we regularly cover in Natural Life Magazine. That’s because we believe that making changes to how we treat and educate our children is crucial to the act of building a truly sustainable society. One of our most revered and supposedly democratic institutions uses the tool of compulsion to subject children to a standardized curriculum, molds them into obedient consumers and fits them into their places in the hierarchy, leaving few of them able to question the status quo or to think creatively about ways to change it. You can read more about this philosophy and how I came to it on my own personal website or in my book Challenging Assumptions in Education – from Institutionalized Education to a Learning Society.
The Natural Life Magazine website has an index of some of the educational articles we’ve published over the past few years. Included is an article about forest preschools, which allow young children to enjoy and learn from Nature in an unpressured outdoor environment.
Celebrating the holiday season doesn’t have to create stress, expense, environmental damage and unfulfilled emotional expectations. Over the years, Natural Life Magazine has provided readers with a variety of ways to have fun, save money and protect the planet while still spreading Christmas cheer. And this year, in addition to adding a new article about Solstice celebrations, we have compiled some of the best of those articles from our archives for your inspiration. Just visit our website’s home page and you will find links there for your reading pleasure.
We wish a very happy natural holiday to your family from our family here at Natural Life Magazine!
One of the focuses of Natural Life Magazine since we started it in 1976 has been self-reliance. By that, we mean having the attitude to make your own life decisions, to try new things and to teach yourself how to live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. That is the focus of most of our articles. When my business partner and husband Rolf and I conceived of our business, we were helping our daughters learn at home – in a manner that was known in those days as “homeschooling” but is now more popularly and progressively called “unschooling” or, as I prefer, “life learning.” And the foundation of my own work ever since has been that how we educate our children and ourselves is crucial to our society’s future ability to solve our environmental, social and economic problems. An article in Natural Life’s November/December issue – Be Your Own Best Teacher by Patricia Zaballos – illustrates how this works. It shows how education – and, indeed, homeschooling – isn’t just about kids learning facts or young people getting degrees, but about gaining self-reliance and learning to think for ourselves, and about changing our attitudes towards ourselves and how we live our lives.