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Although unschooling is often described as a homeschooling style, it is, in fact, much more than just another homeschool teaching method. Unschooling is both a philosophy of natural learning and the lifestyle that results from living according to the principles of that philosophy. The most basic principle of unschooling is that children are born with an intrinsic urge to explore — for a moment or a lifetime — what intrigues them, as they seek to join the adult world in a personally satisfying way.
Because of that urge, an unschooling child is free to choose the what, when, where and how of his/her own learning from mud puddles to video games and SpongeBob Squarepants to Shakespeare! And an unschooling parent sees his/her role, not as a teacher, but as a facilitator and companion in a child’s exploration of the world.
Unschooling is a mindful lifestyle which encompasses, at its core, an atmosphere of trust, freedom, joy and deep respect for who the child is. This cannot be lived on a part-time basis. Unschooling sometimes seems so intuitive that people feel they’ve been doing it all along, not realizing it has a name. Unschooling sometimes seems so counterintuitive that people struggle to understand it, and it can take years to fully accept its worth.“
Every kid is different. Every kid learns differently. And unfortunately, our public schools are not able to cater to this which is why so many are finding other ways of teaching their kids.
Originally posted by Question
On the other hand, I don't know if I'd even be able to do something like this, what with work and bills and all.
Originally posted by palehorse23
Plus, there are so many things taught in schools now that are pointless in my opinion.
We sit around learning garbage, then we sit around reviewing for hours for a garbage test, and if we don't know what we were told to MEMORIZE (not learn) then we get kicked into a lower class, where everything is repeated.....