What’s up with unschooling? What’s it all about anyway?
The unschooling educational philosophy rejects traditional lesson plans, text books, home work, and tests as a good way to teach children.
Rather than relying on a strict class schedule where every child does the same work, this system believes that more natural methods should be employed.
These could include games, music, household duties, travel, and even social clubs. All of these activities are initiated by the children, according to their interests, with some guidance from an adult.
This gives every child a chance to have a very personal learning experience. It is well-known that traditional schools stick to strict schedules. Kids learn to add in grade 1, subtract in grade 2, etc. With unschooling, one child might be learning to add at the age of 4 while another is not really ready for this concept until he is 7.
By waiting until children are developmentally ready to learn, unschoolers say they can give kids a lifelong love of learning and teach them better!
Even supporters of traditional education will admit that it is difficult to teach a whole classroom full of kids at the same rate.
That may be why more non-traditional types of education have been incorporated into public and private classrooms. Consider a possible example of a class that has been developed according to the unschooling educational philosophy.
— While some first-graders might be working on simple addition by using coloring books that emphasize this lesson, others might still be counting with blocks.
–Advanced students might be working their way through the multiplication tables by playing a game where they need to make simple calculations. If they need to understand multiplication better to win this game, they will be motivated to pick up this lesson and ask the teacher for help.
This gives each child the right lesson at the right time. Some perfectly bright people have not been developmentally ready for certain lessons at as young an age as other people. Remember the stories that Einstein had trouble with his early years in school. Perhaps he would have done even better with unschooling!
Will The Unschooling Educational Philosophy Work For Your Child?
Proponents of this system says it does a better job of helping kids learn at their own pace, enjoy their lessons, and become very motivated adults.
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