MSNBC website published article on unschooling o its website today. Over all it was a fair report and was open minded. Worth the read.
A new chapter in education: unschooling
Controversial home-taught approach lets kids take the lead in learning
By Victoria Clayton
Updated: 12:22 a.m. ET Oct 2, 2006
It’s a Monday afternoon in Mar Vista, Calif., and while other 9-year-olds might be fidgeting at their desks, Isobel Dowdee has played all morning and is now joining her mother and two sisters on a big blanket in their front yard.
Mom, Heather Cushman-Dowdee, keeps the younger girls, Fiona, 5, and Gwyneth, 2, busy drawing pictures. For Isobel, she’s made a large grid with numbers down the side and across the top so her daughter can fill in the multiplication answers. Not that Cushman-Dowdee cares if Isobel does the chart. It’s just that the girl actually wants to do it. Occasionally they play math games or sing counting songs.