I will admit that I have shifted from a more unschooling approach to more structured homeschooling that last couple of years.
It is still an ideal I believe in and will always encourage. I think circumstances change and sometimes it is no longer a viable solution for some families. For ME this would be my first choice.
My daughter Liz, was unschooled up until Grade 8 when she chose to go to school. We were lucky and found an excellent board run school.
My one area of concern was her math skills. I was confident that the biggest skill she had learned through unschooling was the ability to think for herself, her love of learning and the ability to figure out how to “teach” her self something when she needed to learn.
Basically critical thinking. All of her teachers were struck by her love of learning, thinking outside the box and how fast she could grasp complicated concepts.
Her math was absolutely no problem and in fact one of her higher marks. At the end of the year Liz not only passed- but passed with honours.
She got all 80’s and 90’s ! Oh- one exception – ART! She received quite a low mark in the 60’s/ I was not concerned in any way- the teachers comments were- she need to tone down her creativity!!!!
Also, during a parent teacher interview with her art teacher I made reference that her father is a professional artist- and had his own art studios as well as worked as illustrator for Disney- and that his love was Classical Realism. ( Classical Realism is STYLE of painting ie. Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci, etc) her remark- was I am not familiar with that MEDIUM ( medium refers to tools you use to create or paint i.e oils , acrylic, etc) WOW!!!! An art teacher who thinks classical realism is a MEDIUM?