The following article is cross-posted from The Dangerous Child blog
The Robinson Curriculum Teaches the Basics
The homeschool curriculum devised by Arthur Robinson, PhD., prepares children and youth to excel in the challenging modern world of rapidly advancing science and technology. By teaching children to teach themselves, the Robinson Curriculum gives them the powerful thinking and self-disciplinary tools they need to learn virtually any subject on their own.
The six Robinson children were the prototype students in the early development of the curriculum. Each of the 6 children was taking college physics and math courses by age 16 — if not before — and each typically took only 2 years on-campus to finish undergraduate classwork.
Think of the Robinson Curriculum as an Excellent “Learning Core”
Parents who wish to raise Dangerous Children can choose between any number of “learning cores,” or basic learning curricula. The Robinson Curriculum seems to be quite good in its preparation for the modern world of rapidly changing science, math, and technology. The central theme of “teaching them to teach themselves,” in particular, represents an invaluable gift to every child and youth who must face a world of rapid changes.
Dangerous Children Require More
The skills and knowledge provided by the Robinson Curriculum are priceless. Any child would benefit from such powerful core knowledge and skilled learning disciplines of self-teaching. Dangerous Children can use those things, but they will require additional training in particular areas if they are to be truly prepared for what they are likely to face as adults.
Particular Skills of Dangerous Children
- Mastery of at least 3 means of financial independence by age 18
- High levels of competence in business and financial skills
- Skilled proficiency in firearms operation, maintenance, and tactics
- Navigation and travel skills on land, sea, air
- Proficiency in rescue and first aid
- Experience in forming and running multiple businesses before age 18
- Competence in maintaining equipment and infrastructure of a basic household inside or outside of city environs
- Basic prepping and survival skills for various time scales
- Competence in forming a competent and resilient community
- Competence in networking multiple competent and resilient communities
- Ability to form ad hoc cooperative groups able to plan and implement parallel critical infrastructures as needed
Much more is involved in becoming a Dangerous Child, and as you can imagine, such children have quite full days. Unless you understand that Dangerous Child training begins quite early in life — before birth (or even conception) if possible — you may not understand how one can pack all the skills needed into one short childhood.
The family is central to the life of a Dangerous Child, although as the child grows older, his powers of independence and self-direction will grow.
Paradoxically, Dangerous Children learn to deal skillfully with a wide range of personalities, persons of multiple social and educational levels, and many different cultures. They are fluent in at least three languages besides their native tongue, and should have little trouble traveling through almost any neighborhood, environment, or climate.
Vision and Advanced Preparation are Key
The conventional method of child-raising seems to be one of “benign neglect,” somehow assuming that a child can fritter away his childhood with trivial amusements and mass production education/indoctrination, and somehow be ready for competent adulthood in a treacherous world, when he comes of age.
Conventional wisdom is quite stupid in that regard, and a parent would be wise to go his own way far apart from mainstream methods.
The Robinson Curriculum is a Good Start
Arthur Robinson provided an excellent core for youngsters. His thoughts on self-teaching are exemplary.
There are many other excellent core curricular methods available to parents, so that it is not necessary for them to reinvent the wheel in order to evade the common rot that pervades government schools and many private schools. Close scrutiny is always required in the choice.
Dangerous Child training is not for every child, of course. But for those who make that choice, it is important to provide a strong core of learning and discipline around which one can build a sound multi-competent and well-skilled young life.
More on The Dangerous Child Method at The Dangerous Child blog.