Under a lot of pressure today Iniesta scored a fantastic goal against the Dutch team and made us, the RED SPANISH TEAM, WORLD CUP WINNERS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY...but it's not that type of pressure the one I'm going to talk, but about the book entitled just like that, Under Pressure, by Carl Honoré.
Since I read it in Spanish, because the library had a copy with no requests in that language, I can't write a few excerpts of the book as I did in this post, but don't worry, I can surely tell you all about it.
The book is mainly about education, schools around the world, the ones that have happy students that do good with the world challenges, and the ones with students burned out with stress, unable to take risks and ultimately create and bring forth a new vision. He analyzes different cultures, competitiveness, childhood of today with hyper controlling parents, directed children as he calls them, the ones who do things because their parents force them to do them, directly or indirectly.
Although he doesn't refer specifically to homeschooling, I find it amazing how reading this book I could see thoughts similar to Charlotte Mason, Louv, and other authors who also speak about the importance of play, of being outdoors, of forming relationships...
Three thoughts from his book that impacted me positively:
* Childhood these days lacks of the freedom to be oneself, children know that. It's void of small adventures, secret trips, troubles and that glorious anarchism, moments of solitude and even boredom. Children end up conforming to the idea that the most important thing is getting those trophies instead of finding your own path in life. Childhood today is saturated with action, goals and consumerism, but it's certainly empty. (This is a total paraphrase inspired by the translation I've made from the Spanish text...PLEASE, THE CREDITS ARE ALL MR. HONORE'S, if you wish, visit HIS INCREDIBLY INSPIRING BLOG, and read his book, I recommend it.
* It's a big mistake to believe that everything we do as parents leaves an unforgettable mark in the life of our children. Yes, we are important, but their future doesn't rest in our shoulders as some want to think.
* Making relationships is something too slow, complicated, and he adds "a not too elegant duty" that clashes with our consumerist culture, and the idea of instant gratification.
There were many other valuable thoughts, so I encourage you to read the book yourself, for example how the so called 'specialists' are mining our confidence as parents in many aspects of our children life, many great thoughts about exams, competition, the importance of giving children space, of having confidence in them...I think many will also take many ideas from what he speaks about the schools with good an bad practices, we can apply much of these to our homes. A good read!