The article was unusually irritating for me- first it cited an article as it’s source- then it doesn; tell you WAHT the article or where to find it.
The tone of the article is also sarcastic and condescending. Also clearly author has no clue what unschooling is- saying that unschooling is about letting child pick there own curriculum. ARGH.
Monday, January 29, 2007 – FreeMarketNews.com
It’s not exactly a brand-new ideal; in fact some theorists claim it was the original method for educating children. Whatever the case, the phenomenon of “unschooling” has seen a rebirth recently, as more and more parents lose faith and patience with the effects of conventional education.
According to a story in the Tennessean, focusing on several local families engaged in this homeschooling variation, the emphasis on making the child the primary, and often the only, decision-maker in picking curriculums. Whereas conventional schooling involves strictly regimented classes, timeframes and topics determined by outsiders, and even homeschooling often implies parent-developed curricula, under the unschooling model a child does pretty much whatever he or she desires to, with the stipulation that it involve some type of learning activity.
Some alleged “education experts,” the story notes, along with more than a few homeschooling advocates, are reportedly concerned that the methods might lead to “learning gaps.” However, at least in the cases of the families interviewed, the fears seem unfounded. As one unschooling mother is quoted as saying, “Honestly, what do children really need to know when they graduate from high school — to balance their checkbook, change the oil in the car and check the tire pressure, real-life things. I think those things are just as important as history, math and reading.” – ST
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