As both mom and educator, I fare better the more I follow John Holt’s two words of advice—“Trust children.” It’s easier said than done, though. Young children are disorderly, ever changing, and focus on the craziest things. To boot, many of us feel extraordinary pressure to raise and educate them in the optimal way—whatever that is—which makes it hard to let kids lead.
Several years ago, when I was trained as a Forest School Leader in London, I found a framework that makes trusting children easier—something educators in UK called “behavioral schema.” I wasn’t sure what to make of their hefty emphasis on this exact term, since it was unfamiliar to me. In my work since, however, I have come to understand what all the fuss was about.
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