Posted by Sara Schmidt on Jun 09, 2010 - 10:12 PM
Lately, there has been a surge of questions, comments, and in many cases, diatribes against unschooling. Most of these have been spawned from two very brief, very biased (in many peoples' opinions), news-oriented television programs--not from actual research completed on unschooling itself. In response to so much misunderstanding and heated--even hateful, in many cases--commentary, I decided to write out my own defense of unschooling.
Recently I wrote an article for IDEA: The Institute for Democratic Education In America about the paradigm of the public school system in America. Since we're all used to it, we think it's the “right” thing"even though it's a very young concept. I have been fortunate enough to travel a little and see the way different countries do so many things differently--from schooling to social manners and skills, day to day living and care to how they treat the Earth. Though I am by no means an expert, I do know firsthand that just because our parents did something--and definitely just because Americans do something--that doesn't mean it's the "right" way.
That's why when presented with alternatives, I would think that parents, educators, and other professionals would be open minded to learning about different ways to accomplish their goals...