Reading, ok, let's do reading and exercises since I can't understand any mental stretching without some boxing bag or good swimming... It doesn't go this way, you need to move to rest up your brain and you need to exercise your brain to let your body levitate in its own galaxy or something...
Reading, again, I prefer paper books, it's so much easier to separate them + I simply like to detach from pc, phone, and anything, to have a cuppa with some green (decaf) tea or coffee (decaf, you guest right) and.... just disconnect from fast, racing, competing, eating itself up world... with wars, epidemics, protests, masks, prices, noises, mess... all of it. That is best for me, but anyway, other people prefer other stuff: audiobooks are the thing, you can also get into group book readings, and so on. You can write books :) and also there is an internet... This wonder of the world needs another to write about it.
So... Internet and streaming created this way of people without writing and reading simply streaming their knowledge and also following to get some kind of knowledge. I know, the classical, academic approach dismantles and belittles this way of sharing: giving-receiving knowledge, since it's messy, random, filled with actual bull***t and not many can disagree with those arguments... as they can't disagree that most new, fresh and intact information really is concentrated in the internet, not in books or newspapers. It's just so much faster than other ways of info streaming... that technically it's just impossible to get faster than this. So to belittle the importance of the internet is a completely wrong choice. So... I would like to mention podcasts and conferences, films, and all you can find in this reality of the internet which is actually not very real, it's virtual, yet, it creates actual reality so so strongly... already.
And then home-schooling. what it is and why you need to know it :D home-schooling was one of the best options to escape from the world's madness when Covid just hit and it always is the most preferable option for escaping the mad education system that we have. Yes, there are better schools, alternative places, where teachers and their students are choosing objects to learn by voting and never need to ask permission to visit toilets and never need to sit for hours in one place while being children filled with high levels of energy... Where teachers and students are on one level, not in the higher-lower hierarchy. And then those places are few and very fresh and usually expensive or not stable enough to trust for a longer time. So.... home-schooling is where parents (or other guardians - grandparents, step-parents, and so on) can do their best to avoid pushing their children through the mince grater to make them into "another brick in the wall". It needs some preparation, and some bravery but most of all it needs people, who are prepared for parenting and have some excess time to spend in a quality way with their children, in playing, resting, learning, and in other activities. That is most required - having recourses: a giant wish for your child to get the best out of learning and saved spare time to actually do learning together. And that's it basically.
If you don't believe me, try to re-educate your own self without attending the academy world. There are plenty of famous, successful people, who never went there following their diplomas but rather following their life mission, not the carer but a call (not graduated or are drop-outs: Coco Chanel, George Orwell, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Claude Monet and more). What else?? dunno, maybe Billie Eilish's example of being home-schooled in their childhood and so on. It's not about staying uneducated, it's about staying with your passion rather than with your paper.
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