Wednesday, July 21, 2010

mark frauenfelder interview: diy, mistakes, unschooling

I have to admit that I wasn't particularly interested in reading Mark Frauenfelder's new book when I first heard about it. Made by Hand? Why would we need a book to convince us of something we already love? But now that I know he links diy with the willingness to make mistakes *and* unschooling, I'm more curious.

This short interview encapsulates so much of our family life and what I hope to impart to our children: doing things ourselves when possible, being tolerant of failures and setbacks, and valuing the experience as much as the result.

Life can be made, or life can be purchased. It doesn't really matter if we're talking about guitars, a chicken coop, or how a child learns to read. Kudos to Mark Frauenfelder for getting it.


  1. Thanks for sharing this interview...the part where he talks about schools punishing you for mistakes and thus conditioning you to avoid risks really speaks volumes.

  2. So awesome! I love what he says about mistakes being so important. Plus, he's so, so cute.

  3. Pretty spiffy interview - thanks for sharing.

    And how the heck have I never visited your blog before?!!? Glad i finally made my way over here :)

  4. I don't know why it's taken me so long to visit the blog again--thank you for all the comments! Part of why I appreciate them is that it gives me a chance to visit all your blogs, as well.

    (He is cute in that rumpled geek way, isn't he, Sam? :)

  5. Oo, what a cool interview. I'm interested in reading the book now too. :)

  6. thank you so much for sharing this. i have been playing around with "unschooling" - really love this!


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