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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Truth be told, I envy unschoolers. But... (UPDATE)

Yesterday's post stuck with me all  day, so I wanted to clarify a few things.

1.  I really do admire unschooling... to a certain degree.
2.  I was mostly referring to the type of unschooling/ unparenting described on Good Morning America
3.  I think I had a bigger problem with the unparenting that the unschooling.

With that said, I still feel that for my family, unschooling and many others, it is not a good idea.  I think that it takes a special kind of faith to unschool completely.

I need to make sure my kids understand alot of the basic things in life so that I am not putting ignorant, naive,  and/or  unprepared people out in the world.


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Jennifer Wagaman said...

I have mixed emotions about unschooling. While I think it beneficial to allow children's interest to guide them, I think the best teacher is one who makes all learning fun, even the stuff a kid might not have "chosen" to learn.

Now I am parenting a two year old which is very different than a teenager, but learning times can be made fun at any age, in my opinion.

Lisa said...

Unschoolers recognize that learning is already fun- there's no need to "make" it fun. And also, that EVERY time is a "learning time." Radical unschooling, which is, I assume, what you're referring to as unparenting- realizes that kids are STILL learning when attending to the mundane aspects of life like hygeine and nutrition, so we avoid "teaching" power struggles during these times.