Worldschooler of the Week – Kate Green

Kate Green is mom to 5 children ages 29-11. She is a third generation Third Culture Kid and has literately lived all over the world. They currently home-base in St. Petersburg, FL where there is an incredible community of unschoolers, worldschoolers and self directed learners with fantastic cooperatives and access to great theater, museums and activities. They are slow travelers, preferring to stay in places for extended periods of time to get to know the neighbors and live like locals. They are soon to embark on a new adventure and you can connect with them here on Worldschooler Connect. Without further ado, 8 questions with this weeks Worldschooler of the Week, Kate Green.

How long have you been traveling?

I come from a family of travelers and am third generation Third Culture Kid (TiCK) so there is no start date. I grew up moving around Europe and then we ended up in the US when I was 17. I have then lived in multiple places around the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Travels are out of wherever our home base is at the time and last from one to four months usually. I work fully online so can go anywhere there is Internet.

What kind of schooling do you do?

I have 4 boys (29, 27, 21, 14) and a girl (11) and we have learned without boundaries since the oldest tried kindergarten in Hawaii. It was not the best fit and the gifted and talented school district administrator asked if we had considered homeschooling as they could not accommodate a child who read at the 3rd grade level in kindergarten! After chatting to an amazing small group of grassroots unschoolers we knew this was for us. At that time there was very little information available and of course we were pre-Internet. We excitedly consumed Growing Without Schooling magazine and John Holt books among other classics and realized we had found our tribe. I struggle with naming our learning as worldschooling or unschooling etc. because it is simply how we live and learn together. We have done child-led project learning, curricular packages that an individual child wanted, online courses, and dabbled with a year of Waldorf school (using Oak Meadow curriculum) in a great little school in Dubai. I love the “worldschooling” groups but I think our approach by name is more that of learning-without-borders (at least for now).

What is one travel hack you would pass on to fellow travelers?

Just go. Don’t wait for children to be old enough or another pre-set timeline you might have. Travel with children of all ages is incredible and they grow up so fast that you will miss many opportunities if you don’t get out there.

What does the term worldschooling mean to you?

Worldschooling to me is about openness to ideas and cultures and not settling into complacency believing your own little spot in the world is the best for everyone. It’s about realizing that all religions, cultures, and people have worth and should be respected for their beliefs and ideas. While the mindset does not require travel, getting out there in the world really is a huge part of it.

Do you currently travel from a home-base?

Yes. We currently have a home-base in St Petersburg, Florida. This city has such an amazing group of unschoolers (and quite a lot of worldschoolers) with three great cooperatives nearby and multiple activities/theater/museums that it is a great place to spend time in. It is allowing my two youngest to enter early adolescence with a core group of free thinking, worldschoolers.

What words do you live by?

We talk about the Platinum Rule, which is a more culturally sensitive version of the Golden Rule. Basically the Platinum Rule says: “Treat others as they wish to be treated.” We try to view the world as others see it and adapt our own approach accordingly. The Golden Rule asks us to treat others as we want to be treated but that places the emphasis on “us,” rather than respecting others. Celebrating differences is worldschooling in action.

Do you consider yourselves rebels?

Twenty five years ago when we started this learning journey we used to be looked at very strangely but not so much anymore. We’ve always been a bit outside the box and it simply depended on where we were at the time. With five kids we were a small family in the Middle East but huge (and rebels) in the US. Nursing and baby wearing made us outliers in the US too but not in many other places. Same goes with educational choices as in the US and Europe, homeschooling is almost mainstream now but in other parts of the world not at all.

Where can people find you?

I have blogged for awhile for family and friends so it’s quite informal but we do have information about our travels here:

http://the-world-is-a-book.org/

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