It’s crazy how heated the unschooling debate has become. How do unschooled children turn out as adults? Is it educational neglect? Should kids have that much control over their own lives?
If you’re a parent choosing unschooling, you’ve no doubt heard the unschooling debates. Many consider it “educational neglect” others consider it a life saver for a student who would otherwise fall through the cracks of the educational system.
Contrary to popular belief, unschooling doesn’t mean the parents aren’t involved. Parents are still there guiding the child’s education every step of the way. Introducing information and participating in the various activities unschooling is education without coercion.
In the unschooling debate, presumptions are often the cause of argument and debate. If parents aren’t unschooling they are less likely to understand the concept and many unfortunately don’t take the time to learn what it really is.
While the “un” in unschooling may sound like a negative effect, it is in fact a positive in that the students aren’t being pressured into following the crowd but are instead allowed to make their own choices and decisions based upon what is presented to them.
Unschooled students learn early on how to make wise decisions and deal with the consequences of unwise decisions.
Although many believe that unschooling requires no supervision or construction, it in fact has a lot of supervision and loose construction that helps the child to focus on their learning without pressure.
There are many ways to unschool and what works for one family may not work for another. This does not constitute failure in education but rather that each family is different and goes about the educating of their children differently.
Unschooled children are still socialized and participate in group activities such as sports, music and drama. Choosing to focus the debate on this as a loss is not reality.
The unschooling debate will continue as long as people choose to remain ignorant about educational options available in today’s world.
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