My sister just called to tell me she saw a teaser for a bit on Today about unschooling. I don't know when it'll be on, but i figured I'd share!
In spite of a concern that without tests "how will we know if there are gaps in the learning" the host and guest psychologist seemed to allow that unschooling had something that "all of us could learn from." On balance, a fair glimpse into the unschooling world.
Among ourselves, though, I wonder if all that video-recording and blogging (which is portrayed as the kind of academic work that these kids get to do since they aren't spending all day in school) is as much of a learning experience as it is made out to be ... I am thinking, sure, they can write all about the rocks, but is anyone going to give them feedback? Correct errors?
I haven't read their particular blogs or anything but I have read other reports and presentations posted in some of the homeschool blogs and I am not sure if anyone discusses the contents of these works with the students, or why exactly they are posting on the blog apart from personal record-keeping.
Is the only point expressing themselves or also testing their own hypotheses, revising their own ideas? Often there are errors, sweeping generalizations, etc. which I fear go unchallenged in the blogosphere, if that is supposed to serve in lieu of the classroom.
I peripherally know these folks. They have recently moved to another state and I don't know if they've been situated long enough to have built a new community. I hear they were at their house for 7 hours doing the filming. That doesn't take away for the insular look you're mentioning, it just might explain it.