I feel I have done my children a disservice by unschooling them.
I have been unschooling my children for 8 years now. I have a 12 yo and an 8yo. This year, for various reasons, we decided the 8yo would start school (3rd grade). She was so VASTLY behind the other kids in every subject it was embaressing, overwhelming for her, a NIGHTMARE for both her and us. It was so bad we had to pull her out. The only part she had no trouble with was socializing lol.
Never will I unschool again! I dont want any flames for this because I have a right to my exerience and opinion.
I am very upset with myself. I feel I have been duped and lied to by the unschooling community honestly.
I still firmly support and believe in homeschooling, but no longer can I support unschooling for my family.
I suppose I do not see how others' duped and lied to you. You are an adult who thought through your educational decision for your children.
In my community, I am told how great the public schools are. When we did some research and observations of our own, we did not find it to be what we wanted for our children. If we had listened to the community without doing our own research and observations, we would probably have felt duped and lied to down the road. If we ever put our children into the public schools here (rather, if they ever choose to attend) we know what they are going into and we will approach it with eyes wide open.
Unschooling is a completely different line of thinking and approach to education than the current school system.... especially for the elementary years. I suppose I am surprised at how horrified and surprised you are that your daughter and you were treated poorly. Your pulling her out of school tells me that the school experience was not good.
Still, I am really sorry. I hope the rest of the year goes well and is fruitful for your family and you!