Originally Posted by no5no5
I wonder whether people would be so put off if she'd said that they first considered unschooling because it became clear that due to ADD or dysgraphia her child would not be well-served by school.
Hmmm.. because Rain and I were watching that video together and we both independently wondered if the older girl was on the spectrum... not that that's something you can definitively know from a short video clip, but I think it's interesting that we both picked up on something.
I do see where you're coming from. I pulled my kid from kindergarten in part because her teacher didn't realize until November that she had been reading for years (and she found out by accident, which in some ways makes it worse). It was more about realizing how little her teacher actually knew about her capabilities and interests, though. I mean, she dragged her two favorite books to school with her every day...
At her second kindergarten they were thrilled to have as fluent reader and pushed her through the world's most boring set of readers while Rain really just wanted to play with the division flashcards.
I guess I never framed it as her being too smart for school, or beyond school, or however it was stated on the video - more that school wasn't meeting her needs and it was clear that she was perfectly capable of learning without it, if only people would get out of her way. And that's something I think is true of most (all?) kids... not just the ones precocious/bright/gifted/early learner ones.
When I've been interviewed about unschooling, I've tried to be really clear that Rain wasn't always way ahead at everything... sometimes she was, and sometimes she was behind, and sometimes she was in another universe altogether. Maybe when she was little she was "ahead" in everything, but as kids go on in school and learn certain things that she wasn't learning then, there were definitely times she was "behind"... and I would be surprised to find unschoolers who didn't have this experience. I don't want people seeing unschooling as a way to create genius children or a philosophy only suited for "gifted" kids... and I guess I get concerned when I see parents who seem focused on that.