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In the last episode of the series, we exposed the term “education” to be code for indoctrination. This is potentially embarrassing for us as we use the word in our name. Why are we the Education Unlimited Academy? Perhaps an explanation is in order.
When I first conceived of the idea of a “school” offering unlimited opportunity for parents to assume authority and responsibility for the “education” of their children, I queried the Lord as to what we should call this new entity. I still remember exactly where I was on the road that day when He clearly told me to call it “Education Unlimited”. The rest, one could say is history, but there is more.
Even though we were not as well versed in unschooling as we are today, the term would have greatly handicapped the mission. Unschooling was and still is a misunderstood word. All it really means is not doing what school does. Unschooling is the only term that escapes the normalization of public programming which is often part of private and alternate schools.
I liked the word “unlimited” but questioned the use of “education”. However, what other word would convey what we were intent on doing? Imagine “Training Unlimited” or Teaching Unlimited”. Worse still, how about “Parenting Unlimited” or “Family Unlimited”. Even though I have grappled with the term “Education” for years, I am very glad we did not call this agency “School Unlimited”!
If we consider that the dictionary definition is based on a preconception of institutional normalization, the definition of education as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university, we can extend the meaning to be parental instruction, especially within a family, which just happens to be God’s favourite “non-institution”. So let the name stand and let’s see Education Unlimited as meaning Faith, Family and Freedom “UNLIMITED”.
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