Greetings Dear Homeschoolers!
How incredibly fortunate that so many of you are already homeschooling—my heart goes out to those parents around the world who have found themselves reluctant homeschoolers. For homeschooling is certainly not for everyone.
But perhaps that is the point of this strange unprecedented time—we each have to learn to be flexible, to not be attached, and to flow with what is happening. Not easy of course if one loses one’s job and one’s life is completely upended...yet while it is relatively easy to do one’s inner work when life is going smoothly, it is when one is thrown a curve ball that such presence of mind and equanimity of feeling is needed.
None of us knows what the future may hold and while predictions are never easy or particularly satisfying, at this time they are almost impossible to make. What exactly is this corona virus and where did it come from? What is its trajectory? What are the social and political consequences of our ‘leaders’ basically shooting in the dark whilst making enormous changes that effect us all? What will be the effect on children of being acclimated to masks and used to being afraid of those around them? And the economy—how ridiculous when people say it is as bad as the Great Depression—it is much worse! For the way out of the Great Depression was through heavy industry—steelworks, munitions, coalmines and so on as this country sold armaments to others and armed itself…. modern drone warfare requires rather a different approach and one that is quietly continuing (and intensifying) as the rest of the economy staggers. There is no way that a similar path will be found out of the present economic collapse—which of course is so much more complicated also because of globalism which was only just beginning in the 30s and 40s. What will the future look like?
Anthroposophy offers a picture of the human being’s universal needs and development. While each person is a unique individual with all their faults and promise, there is a universal spiritual experience that binds us all together. By holding onto what is most precious in the Waldorf curriculum, by gifting our children the stories of all peoples—as we very purposefully do throughout the Christopherus curriculum—we prepare the ground for our children to eventually consciously see that all people are indeed, in their very individuality, One. This great paradox of being both utterly unique and utterly connected is the great mystery of being human and is what can sustain us as we grapple with the injustices of our shared human path. May we always remember that it is Love which will find the way through pain.