Por favor tirem esta miúda da escola antes que fique igual às outras…


“I invented a country called Manizao. It’s between India and China. The president is a girl named Mahava and she lives in a little red house that looks like The White House but it’s little and it’s red. And there are lots of beaches. My friend lives on one of the beaches. He’s a bird but he’s also a builder. He lives in a house that he built that is half beach house and half real house. I don’t know how he did it, but I think he glued them together. And kinda everywhere you look there is a restaurant. The most popular restaurant is called Savory Hello. Everyone in Manizao loves Savory Hello because they only serve savory things.”

Natural curiosity


“His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly.”


Alternative school


“I had really hippie, alternative parents. They pulled me out of middle school because they didn’t think it was fulfilling me creatively, and we drove across country in an RV.”

“Wait, were you home schooled? You can’t just not go to school, can you?”

“Actually, you kinda can.”