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Issac Newton and Homeschooling

 

Biography:

Newton’s Accomplishments:
  • A few of the things that Newton accomplished in his lifetime…
  • Calculus
  • Laws of Gravitation
  • Principals of Nature
  • Optics
  • One final thing I find to be amazing is that we are still living in the era of Newtonian science that is how brilliant this man was.

Why is a Homeschool Mama reading about Newton?

My interest in Issac Newton was sparked by a reading child’s biography, which was followed by listening to Isaacc Newton by Gleick and finally I watched the A&E biography on Newton. After all of this I stand amazed in the shadow of this giant. I really had no idea that he is the preiminent scientist of his and our generation. That they consider science today as Newtonian and that he had his hand in anything other then discovering gravity.

Thoughts
He spent most of his childhood with out his Mother who remarried after the death of her husband and left him with his grandparents. Then he became very reclusive for most of his life. I really think he just did not trust people after these early experiences and not until he was much older it seems into his 50’s or 60’s did he really form any meaningful relationships with anyone. He worked as a brilliant college proffesor at Trinity Uiversity in Enlgand and had no close relations in fact the students were told to leave him alone and they avoided him. He was nearly completely withdrawn into himself. He was brilliant and alone
Observations
I wonder if he was autistic in some way shape or form. His complete inability to form relationships until after 50 years of observation and then his treatment of folks even after that. He forgot to eat and drink and had a laser beam focus on what he was doing.
Apparently I’m not the only one to think about this connection and if you wish you can read more about Newton & Autism here from the BBC.
I am also really more deeply committed to the classical model of education. He had to have the facts from the grammar stage and the understanding from the
Disagreements:
Although he is clearly WAY smarter then me, according to this book he was not a trinitarian and I have to say that I disagree with him on that belief.
What does this have to do with homeschooling?
Issac newton attended a grammar school and was taken under the tutelage of a teacher an able to explore those things in which he found interest. In college at that time there really wasn’t much formal lecturing instead it was more of an individual quest for knowledge.
In fact during an 18 month break when the College was closed, I think due to the plague, he studied in isolation at his childhood home and began working on many of his most ground breaking theories.
God’s gifting and his individual thirst for knowledge created a genius.It makes me think about our homeschool and if we are doing too much formal education and failing to allow them to quench their own thirst. I’m not getting ready to jump into unschooling by any means but I am considering changes to their homeschooling structure that would include an investigative or reflective time. Where they search for the answers to the questions that they have and have had.
As I mull this over what this would like in our house. I will continue to note what we finally do to foster this thirst for knowledge. I am amazed that the work of Newton is still as amazing to us now (if not more so) as it was then.
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Aspired Living

Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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