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Filipino Couple Uses “Unschooling” to Raise Smart Kids

Their classroom is the sea and that’s where they swim, play, and learn together.

Traditional schooling, as we know it, is now being considered ineffective by some. In the past, we’ve reported about Finland’s plans to abolish “teaching in the old-fashioned way” in favor of a new, interdisciplinary method that will benefit the students based on their interests and strengths.

Now allow us to share with you the story of a Filipino couple who just took the concept of ditching traditional education to the next level. Kiddo and Amy Cosio have three kids namely Cady, 6, Dylan, 4, and Adam, 4. Together, they live in the province of La Union, a popular surfing spot in the Philippines.

In an Esquire Magazine feature, we meet the family that believes “unschooling” is the way to go.

Originally from Manila, the Cosios later decided to leave the stressful city life for a more laid-back environment – and it has been very rewarding for them so far. They’re now running their own business called El Union Coffee and, meanwhile, the kids are not attending any school at all. Instead, they are learning through surfing, playing, and helping out in their shop.

Despite that, people are usually surprised when they meet the kids – who are very intelligent, courteous, resourceful, and kind.

Kiddo told Esquire:

“I’m sure kids in traditional schools have lots of one-ups over our kids. But I noticed that mine are very comfortable with people of all ages. They respect adults, but they also seem to treat them as equals. They are confident but earnest, and not fresh. I know this can be controversial, in a culture where children defer to elders. But we are equals, and they are just younger and less mature, with a different role at the present moment.”

For this family, a day is never complete without a visit to their “classroom” – the sea.

Regardless of how busy they might get, they always take time to go to the sea together. Kiddo explained that it is the place where they swim and bond while learning at the same time. As Kiddo explained, it’s the place where the children “understand the dynamics of the ocean and weather, and ask probing questions about anything in the world: birds, crabs, music, cartoons, ninjas, airplanes, anything.”

Unschooling, of course, is a concept popularized by American education John Holt way back the 1970s. It goes against the idea of a “one size fits all” system but instead encourages children to learn “according to their own pace, interests, and goals,” the Esquire article mentioned.

Kiddo further shared:

“We definitely have an idea about our kids’ personalities and inclinations. That said, they are also changing as they grow older, so that also makes raising them a learning experience. It’s easy to see the human journey as a tunnel, as though you pop in on one side, and exit the other at a predetermined location. But it is a path, and you can hop off at any time: go for a drink at a pub, walk some more, swim in a lake, jump on the back of a truck, and then even walk the other direction… you get the analogy? For the kids, we have a direction, but we are as flexible as a path is.”

Amy agrees that their kids’ interests shift from time to time – and that’s exactly what makes things interesting. The mother said:

“I’ve just learned to roll with it. I’d say the most important thing is to always nurture their love for learning. Some days Cadence wants to start reading, other days she just wants to bake cakes. Either way, we try to encourage them, to make resources available for them, and to give them feedback. We do take note of how the kids learn. Adam mimics a lot, because he’s two. Cadence is stubborn but resourceful. Dylan is pure instinct. They’re all pretty amazing little humans, and it’s fun to see how they take in the world.”

Naturally, some people are curious and a bit worried about the chosen schooling method of the couple.

Amy, however, pointed out:

“I’m definitely aware of certain areas that our kids might fall behind on. But having subjects like math, science, and reading are only essential in the context of traditional schooling. The more important life skills are being able to express oneself, appreciating nature, developing critical thinking and logic. I don’t really try to sit the kids down to check if they understand concepts. We just live life with them. Sometimes we play hide and seek, and I count to ten before searching for them. So now, even Adam understands what time is.”

Kiddo added:

“People are always asking, ‘How do you send them to school?’And we say, well it’s still working that we don’t send them to school. We school them ourselves. And they say, ‘well what happens if that doesn’t work?’ And we’re like, ‘Then we send them to a school.’ It’s not that complicated. A lot of people are so afraid to make these big choices, because they’re afraid they have to stick to those choices, but that’s really just pride: that you’re afraid to be wrong to yourself.”


10 Bare-Faced Celebrity Photos Prove That Makeup Isn’t Everything

Wow! Jennifer Aniston still looks as stunning as ever.

People always look up to celebrities for a lot of reasons. It could be their acting skills or the way they sing in music videos. Some also admire them because they look gorgeous and sexy on TV or magazines. Fans always get amazed by their glamorous lives but in reality, these celebrities are really nothing close to being extraordinary.

In this list by BoredPanda, you will see that celebrities are still normal people. And, at the end of the day, they get tired of the glitz and glamour. So how exactly do they cope up with this? Well, obviously, they do not wear makeup and groom themselves like the common masses.

The photos below contain a good number of well-known people - from Lady Gaga to Emma Watson to Emilia Clarke, among others, and you will begin to appreciate their natural beauty. Enjoy!

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Hidden Detail in Game of Thrones Opening Credits May Reveal the White Walker’s Game Plan!

It’s a terrifying prospect!

Those who watch Game Of Thrones are waiting with bated breath for several MAJOR events to finally happen and this includes the invasion of the White Walkers and their inevitable crashing of the Wall. I mean, the Wall is the only place where the White Walkers can pass through so they can get to other places past the North, right? We anticipate them crashing through the wall, perhaps with the help of a dead giant or two (We miss you, Wun Wun!).

However, some fans are suggesting otherwise. They pointed out the vision that The Hound’s saw in the flames, in which he said that “It’s where the Wall meets the sea. The dead are marching past.” Now some of you may be skeptical of The Hound’s visions and you think anything that is related to the Lord of Light is just fanatical hogwash.

But what if it actually means something?

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10 Photos Show How Stunning Marilyn Monroe Was Even Before Her Popularity

Her beauty was like that of a goddess.

When talking about anything Hollywood, it is a crime not to talk about the one and only Marilyn Monroe. The lovely actress became the face of beauty and almost every girl in the industry wanted to be her. Whether or not people agree, she was sexual in one way or another. And no other actress can do it better than her.

Monroe during her prime gave new meaning to sexuality. Males would line up and try to hit her from all possible angles. Heck, even the late US president John F. Kennedy was not able to resist her charms.

BoredPanda compiled several photos taken sometime in 1950 when Monroe was yet to be popular. As anyone can expect, she already looked stunning and irresistible before becoming a huge star. Had she not died in 1962, she would have been 91 years old today.

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