If someone were to ask why we are having our children do a specific activity in the routine of learning or why are we having them do that activity in a specific manner, what might our answer be? It probably depends on the task, but hopefully we would have some thoughts on our purposes. Preferably, the answer would not be because that is what everyone else does, the kids feel like it, or to fill time, though these things do happen. "What Do You Do With All That. . .? talks about knowing why you do what you do, which may be clear for some while for others, not so much so. This is something you will hear a lot about if you follow LW, so now is a good time to develop the context.

The knowing part of the statement refers to the goals that are intended. If our purposes are so specific as "I want learning to get my kid to go to an Ivy League school to become a doctor in general practice", we are probably setting ourselves and our kids up for a difficult time. These goals should rather be general characteristics we want for our children and learning to mirror. They are the values we want to emphasize, which act as threads that pull together a sort of personality our learning should embody. And they can also help to determine what to do or edit out.

The above discussion may help or it may make things fuzzier. In order to clarify, I am going to enlist the help of Sir Ken Robinson a thinker in the field of learning. In his TED Talk, "How to Escape Education's Death Valley", he really addresses schools, however he puts forward three values that can help us to consider our family learning as well. They may not be in line with everyone's thinking, but can at least suggest a model which could help determine others that do fit.

Apart from their relevance to people who participate in family learning, Sir Ken's points are good basic preparation for thoughts that will be addressed on LW for time to come. Please take the opportunity to watch this video, it will help you to have a better command of your thinking about learning. I hope the experience will inspire you to develop a list of your family learning values.

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