New to this topic, but have been thinking about it for awhile. I was looking for a way for my DS to keep his natural curiosity and desire to learn. I have always noticed how little ones are SO excited for school, and SO excited to learn. They are like sponges. But somewhere between the excitement of early grade school and graduation, these same kids have gone from happy to learn to active avoidance.
For YEARS I have been trying to understand WHY kids go from curious to dull in such a short span of time. So few are able to retain the love of learning, which is awful because its hard to be truly happy and successful without a curious mind. How are we suppose to have the inventors and entrepreneurs that make a nation great, and more technology forward, when no one cares to think?
Observation showed me that few kids are wired in a way to enjoy rote learning and tight schedules, but for some reason this is how our "educational" system is set up. Plus, I moved to TX, which has abysmal schools, their sole function seems to be to train children to tolerate, submit, and work within a police state. It is seriously depressing (I know not every school in the state is like this, but every one I have experience with is)
Its all about fitting the square pegs in round holes, and if they can't be broken, they get to go to "bad kid schools" that are more like juvenile detention centers. My DH had this experience and it disgusts me that people consider this educational. No one noticed his severe dyslexia, but didn't mind putting him in the prison school for refusing to tuck his shirt in repeatedly (yes, really).
I REFUSE to allow my son (only 8 months old) to have this experience. He will NOT have his love of life and learning crushed, and will not learn to submit unthinkingly to authority. It sickens me to think of this happening. But, what to do???? When I heard about homeschool, it seemed like an improvement, but when I learned about unschooling, it seemed like a solution. I think I understand the basic philosophy, and am doing some more reading on it.
My question, after this long rambling post, is- did you choose unschool for this reason? And, has unschooling allowed your child to retain the curiosity they were born with? Do your kids love to learn, or do they become lazy? Does it work for most kids, or just some? I know I was strongly interested in reading everything and learning, amazingly I still am (stubborn and willful, lol), and I know this would have worked for me. If. Y kid is anything like his parents, it will suit him.