Unschooling

There was another terrific article on the topic of homeschooling last week which was just brought to my attention. Michelle Bates Deakin wrote a long, informative article in the Boston Globe that put a personal face on the subject. What I really liked was its explanation of "unschooling" which when mentioned usually puts people in a state of disbelief. Children are usually thought to be entirely incapable of learning without an outside source for guidance.

Many, like Carey, who refer to themselves as "unschoolers," are guided by the belief that children know best and should be empowered to follow their own educational bliss, be it nuclear physics, beekeeping, drama, or war reenactments. And many see school - with its assemblies, discipline problems, and busywork - as a waste of time, time that could be spent learning rather than waiting.

The article goes on to mention the success of homeschooled children in getting accepted to competitive colleges and the variety of educational sources they are exposed to. Well worth the long read.

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And many see school - with

And many see school - with its assemblies, discipline problems, and busywork - as a waste of time, time that could be spent learning rather than waiting.

These are precisely the sort of things I wrote about recently. I wasted so much time in school waiting around for other people! Waiting for others to finish a test, waiting to ask permission to urinate, waiting for the bus...the list goes on and on. The only thing all that waiting prepares you for is dealing with the government. (Unless it's them wanting something from you - then you better believe they'll get the gears rolling!)

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