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Through another thread, I found a link on "unschooling".


"The goals of unschooling are different than all the other methods you mention. The goal of unschooling is not education. It is to help a child be who she is and blossom into who she will become. Learning happens as a side effect."

I actually spent time reading through the various Q & A's to get a better idea on this lifestyle. I did not read through any of the message board forums. But for me, I just can't get past the fact that education is not viewed as a priority and if a child would rather play video games or sleep all afternoon, then they can do that. The child can do whatever they want to do. Learning is a side effect?! Really? I truly worry about some of these unschooled kids when they hit adulthood. Will they really have the skills to complete world-wide in the global market for a career or seeking college admission? What values are instilled in an unschooling family when there is no emphasis on education? I'm just trying to understand better but I just scratch my head on this one.


Ez - posted on 07/04/2010




I've read a lot about unschooling too (mainly from one of the lefty Mumma blogs I read lol) and I just don't get it. Why not just homeschool? There is still coursework assigned, but you get to set your hours based on what works for your family.
Child-led learning is one thing, but unschooling is something else completely.

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Life is not about doing whatever you want, whenever you want. While I think SOME freedom is great.... You need to be able to survive in THIS world since this is the world we have. Education and learning to follow the rules of REAL life are extremely importanat.

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While I would like to see education move more towards child-centered learning, this is taking it to the extreme. I agree that most of these parents are lazy. I can't wait to see what happens to all these unschooled kids in a few years when they try to go to college and get jobs.

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Andrea - posted on 07/07/2010




I can't believe this a legal form of education. I know there standards they have to fallow by law. The standards can't be to high if he didn't learn to read till nine and his brother much later. My thought on that one is how is that fair to my child learning in school and he has to met a certain standard but a child that's unschooled standards are set much lower than his. Sorry but if a parent makes the choice to unschool there child and let them learn from playing they are saying this is an effective way of learning. If is effective than I think the should be set with the same standards that a schooled child is, not lowered.

I have so many issue with the statements this guy made in the interview. I don;t think most 10 year old's are fully independent and capable of navigating life, as a matter of fact I don't most 18 years are. Who in there right mind would let a 4 year old climb on a roof or walk away when your 5 year old is high up in a tree just because they have the ablitiy to get up there doesn't mean they won't fall and break their neck. I basically got from the interview that he is an over grown kid. An adult that was never grown up. That could be from a childhood of doing whatever you want, playing video games, sleep when when ever you please and so on. I guess if I was shown as a kid I didn't have to do anything beside play and learn when I decide I need or want to I'd probably won't want to ever grow up. and would be able to make statement like I have worked in 10 years because I don't believe in work.

If playing with video games and action figures all day was an effective way of learn my 7 year old be a freaking genius.

Lindsay - posted on 07/06/2010




Oh wow! just read that interview, Erin. That just reconfirmed my thinking that anyone that could try this method might need their head checked! lol

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I don't agree with some of the parents attitudes to unschooling, but for me I applaud America for being one of the few countries brave enough to let it happen. There are probably equal numbers of kids being messed up, uneducated and even phisically abused in public school so it all has to be put into perspective.

La - posted on 07/03/2010




I've yet to see anything that makes me think unschooling has any benefits whatsoever.

Sharon - posted on 07/01/2010




I've said it before...

The parents are LAZY ASS BIOTCHES.

College is not a side effect.

Proper grammer & punctuation is NOT a side effect.

I wonder how many of the parents screwing off their childs education & future are doctors or lawyers? Superior court judges?

But really its ok. This way there will always be competition for the burger flipping positions and "Do you want fries with that?" positions.

Christa - posted on 07/01/2010




Oh my . . While I agree it's easy to forget about the big picture and to stop and smell the roses, you can see the need for education simply by reading some of the posts and seeing the grammar of some mom's on COM. It's very sad. . . .

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