Do children who grow up unschooling turn out badly? What happens to those who are unschooled and have problems as adults? Watch to find out more about unschooling horror stories.
When it comes to educational philosophies that divide the nation into two clear camps, unschooling is definitely up there with the most controversial!
If you aren’t too familiar with the term, it’s basically all about shunning the traditional schooling system in favor of life experiences such as travel, work placements, household chores, and social interaction.
Though many have argued very strongly against it, real life unschooling horror stories are actually very few and far between. In fact, many people have found that it’s a really beneficial way to bring up their children. Here, we’re going to look at the common issues and misconceptions in the area.
Firstly, a much debated topic is whether or not unschooling means that children will ultimately fail when it comes to the job market. Without the traditional schooling that the rest of the nation typically follows, surely unschooled kids will find it difficult to find employment?
Actually, the very opposite of this can quite often be true. The very essence of unschooling means that these children are equipped with vocational skills that translate extremely well into the workplace.
It could even be the case that they’ll ‘hit the ground running’ in a job much faster than their traditionally schooled counterparts. Think about it this way – who would you rather employ – someone with experience in the real world, or someone with qualifications but no experience at all? Many employers quite sensibly choose the former.
Another horror story that critics like to relay is that unschooled children find it difficult to make friends. After all, don’t kids make friends in the playground and in the classroom? That may be true, but unschooling is all about experiencing real life situations and getting out there in the real world.
Unsurprisingly, this includes forming social relationships. When you think about, it makes perfect sense. When given more freedom, children are in a fantastic position for building the type of friendships that can last a lifetime.
Next up, what about the claim that when kids don’t participate in a classroom, they don’t get to experience other cultures and views about the world? Typically, parents who choose to take the unschooling route will be free spirits at heart and actively seek out travel opportunities.
And what’s a better way to experience other cultures than actually immerse yourself in them and get to grips with it?! In many ways, unschooled kids will be more culturally aware than traditionally schooled kids.
As you can see, so many of the so called horror stories simply aren’t true! Have you ever considered unschooling?
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