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post #41 of 395
Irl, as far as I've noticed, there seems to a natural division (i.e., who do we hang out with, form playgroups with) between formal homeschoolers, & eclectic/unschoolers. The schooly homeschoolers we just don't seem to have a lot in common with- it's not even a religious division (though the bulk of school-at-homers here are Christian), because in our eclectic group there are somewhat fundamentalist Christian, Muslim, Pagan, etc mamas, & the common thread is that we are all very relaxed about learning.

Sometimes a newbie comes in & joins the group & is on & on about the all-important schedule & we just all kind of sit there, jaws agape. And I'll go to the homeschooling store, very oriented towards school-at-home, & just feel very fish out of water.

It is all good to go into other forums & experience other pov (I am no longer a vegetarian, but I certainly go to that subforum specifically, to share recipes & ideas), but it really would be nice to have a place to congregate & not have to explain things like 'age segregation seems odd to me'.

Irl also, there is a VAST lot of support & resources for the 'traditional' school at home lifestyle, & it seems odd not to have an unschooling forum, at Mothering of all places. It seems an unnatural gap.
post #42 of 395
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Well put Tiger Tail, ITA
post #43 of 395
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Originally Posted by TigerTail View Post
but it really would be nice to have a place to congregate & not have to explain things like 'age segregation seems odd to me'.
Again, there's this assumption that all unschoolers or relaxed types would automatically be against age segregation. I have changed my mind to "no age sub-forums", but I'm on the unschooling spectrum and I initially was in favor of sub-dividing the preschool aged crowd. I'm sure I'm not the only one. There's all of like 10 individuals on this thread, so we can hardly speak for large groups of people in terms of what they would think.

Mods, is there any way of polling people to get a more representative sample of what most people want, btw?
post #44 of 395
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The decision isn't made by a popular vote, someone presents a request and the admin decides if there is a demonstrated need for a subforum or not.
post #45 of 395
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You know what? You changed my mind! I am no longer in favor of age sub-forums. I'm still not in favor of methods forums. I guess my vote is to leave it the way that it is, but suggest that people use support threads or tribes when they need like-minded support. And a few stickies might help cut back on all that "what does unschooling mean?" questions.
You made me giggle!

I totally agree....we need some sticky action
post #46 of 395
I think the place is cluttered up with enough stickies already- have you had a good look at CAC lately??? (I know you're getting to it, Karen , I'm just giving you a hard time.) If there would be a seperate Reggio Emilio subforum in 'Schooling' (there isn't a Reggio Emilio school within 1500 miles of me!), it just seems darn strange not to have an Unschooling subforum in our forum.

(And sorry, Lefty, it was a bad analogy, I'm still fighting that migraine. I obviously do some stuff with my 20 yr old I don't do with my 4 yr old, & not all school-at-home folks age-segregate. It was all I could think of in my hideously brainfogged state. Just think of a better one & substitute it at will. )
post #47 of 395
I was actually thinking of getting rid of some of the old stickies, and creating some new ones... I should probably set up a poll and get some input on that...

dar
post #48 of 395
I haven't read any of the replies, but I thought I would chime in.

I am not in favor of a subforum, because I like to read about all aspects of homeschooling. Plus, I think it just further divides the homeschool board.

I don't actually like a lot of subforums. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I tend to frequent main forums a lot more often than the subforums.
post #49 of 395
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Originally Posted by oceanbaby View Post

I am not in favor of a subforum, because I like to read about all aspects of homeschooling. Plus, I think it just further divides the homeschool board.

I don't actually like a lot of subforums. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I tend to frequent main forums a lot more often than the subforums.
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I like to read about everything too I really like the idea about stickies explaining the different ways of homeschooling that someone had earlier!
post #50 of 395
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Originally Posted by TigerTail View Post
Irl, as far as I've noticed, there seems to a natural division (i.e., who do we hang out with, form playgroups with) between formal homeschoolers, & eclectic/unschoolers.
Yes, exactly. And the differences exist on this board as well--creating a subforum won't CREATE the division, it's there already.

And I just wanted to note that, not everyone believes that homeschooling/unschooling is a continuum. Some look at it as a completely different philosophy. An unschooling subforum would have a different tone, I think. Isn't that why subforums like CLW exist?

It doesn't mean people can't read or post in both places.
post #51 of 395
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Originally Posted by Joan View Post
. . . the differences exist on this board as well--creating a subforum won't CREATE the division, it's there already.
I agree. I would be interested in giving an unschooling subforum a try.
post #52 of 395
Just unschooling or radical unschooling?
post #53 of 395
What is CLW?

Namaste!
post #54 of 395
mostly just subbing...

I think it may help. I just hope it wouldn't take the unschoolers out of the homeschool board, though. That influence is needed IMO.

I'm not an unschooler, but I confess I cringe when somebody has an issue and others try to solve it by throwing curriculum at it. IMO, when homeschooling seems to be failing, unschooling should be tried first. Especially for a child under the age of 10 or so.

But I'm not in a good position to say that since I mostly talk about my wonderful curriculum LOL I just hope the unschoolers will still lend that influence and feel to all homeschool boards.
post #55 of 395
I'd still go. I like some aspects of Charlotte Mason & Classical, I just apply them (more in terms of supplying material) in an unschooling way. But the divide is there already.

It makes sense for there to be one. The lack is obvious (to me).

eta- dharma, clw is 'child led weaning'.

And I would fight it being 'radical', I think most unschoolers detest labels anyway. Throw the relaxed eclectic people in with us, I say- that's the way it works irl. I can talk easily with someone who takes parts of curricula and applies them to their own kids in a way that fits their personal needs; I just can't get dogmatic about it all. There's the divide.
post #56 of 395
I actually don't go to the LAH&B forums much- DD is only 2.5 HOWEVER I would be much more likely to at minimum lurk if there was an unschooling subforum. The couple of times that I have peeked in I got really confused as to what homeschooling vs unschooling was. I'm understanding by reading this thread as to WHY. HS advice was given to US and vice versa. I know we'll be doing either HS or US---- but I'd REALLY love to be able to read about each of them seperate so I wouldn't get so confused and frusterated and end up tossing in the proverbial towel. KWIM?
post #57 of 395
As a long time unschooler, I would be in favor of an unschooling sub-forum. I think there is a need for the division, and though it would be a separation, it does not preclude any mama from reading, posting, or lurking in either forum.

An example ~ I birth unassisted, and I appreciate having the unassisted birth section...but it doesn't prevent me from reading and posting in the other birth forums when I find something appropriate or interesting for me to comment on.
post #58 of 395
I vote for the unschooling board. That would be a great source of info for lurkers who want to learn more, and it would streamline the kind of advice one is asking for.
post #59 of 395
I'm another mom who doesn't often visit LAH but if there were an unschooling board I would totally be there. I would love that.

School-at-home philosophies bring back negative memories for me so I like to stay away from that.

I say, build the unschooling subforum and the unschoolers will come . . .
post #60 of 395
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Originally Posted by TigerTail View Post
(And sorry, Lefty, it was a bad analogy, I'm still fighting that migraine. I obviously do some stuff with my 20 yr old I don't do with my 4 yr old, & not all school-at-home folks age-segregate. It was all I could think of in my hideously brainfogged state. Just think of a better one & substitute it at will. )
Ouch. I'm sorry. I hope your head feels better soon!
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