Do you remember what it is like to be a child? Grass between toes, no worries and dreams of chocolate banana splits! Laying on my back and pondering the sparkling stars looking back at me. Curiously spinning, climbing, singing, and experimenting with anything I could get my hands on: from fire to soapy bubbles. Always living life on the edge ~ jumping off cliffs into oceans and taking rides on the backs of sea turtles. Eating from many mothers in the neighborhood. RUNNING! Freedom games, improvised in the moment. Organized sports, home runs, slam dunks, skinned knees, chanting with teammates, disputes with good friends ending in laughs and hugs. These were the best times of my childhood.
I don't fancy remembering the times I spent in the closed school box many of us attended. The air was stale, the lessons plans were usually contrived, punishments were always on hand, shoes were forced on my hobbit-like feet, and most assignments seemed irrelevant to the natural world I lived in. I enjoyed the social aspects of school; like most kids, I anticipated gym class or recess, where I could talk more freely and move my body rather than be stuck in an uncomfortable chair. Of course I learned many important skills, like number sense, writing eloquently and grammatically correct, and basic computer skills, history and sciences. I have no regrets, only the drive to create a system where children and adults thrive.
While I was completing my Kundalini Yoga teacher training, I met a man in my class who never completed elementary school or middle school. Somehow he tricked his sick mother into believing he was going to school; all the while he was writing notes on behalf of his mother to the school explaining the absence of her son. As a result, when he reached the age to attend high school, he could not add, subtract or multiply numbers. Though he felt the urge to enroll, and learned all the basic/relevant math skills within one year that his peers had retained from their entire time in school. He finished high school and went on to get a mathematic degree from a notable university. At the time, his daughter was quite young, and he was beginning to teach her math. He started teaching her math theory, with shapes, dimensions and unknowns. A skill that is usually not approached until the college years. His theory (derived from experience) was that children could learn basic functions (+ - x, etc.) at any time; it is better to hook their interest with high level 'thinking' and problem solving like math theory, and let the basics follow. He felt public schools were doing things backwards by drilling children with basic math facts and never diving into the depths of the mathematical universe; therefore, dampening many children's interest in academic subjects. I was teaching Algebra in a public school in LA at the time, and fully resonated with his theory/truth/experience...
Wild Awakening is all about being in nature with children, allowing them to flower at their own pace and following the sparks of genius that flows through them. Bringing our sciences back to reality, tangibility, and usefulness. Help provide the children with a toolkit and allow them to use it! Stay in the heart, laugh often, move frequently, rest deeply, and SHARE! Back to the roots of 'how to be a good human.'