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I was happy to see a rather balanced article on unschooling in today's paper:

 

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That was a good article.  The last paragraph made me sad, though (the dad letting the 8 year old go to public school.)  I am sure this is an unpopular thought, but I feel that it is my job as parent to protect and raise my child, and I doubt any 8 year old has as thoughtful a reason for going to public school as her parent has for unschooling.  My 7 year old went through a phase of missing public school (he had been in for 1.5 years) but he got over it and now is happy he is not in public school.  Or, for example, yesterday at the zoo: the kids wanted to spend their allowance money on junky toys at the gift shop.  Dh reminded them that they had wanted to buy new Lego sets, but they still wanted the crap in front of them.  They just weren't getting that waiting for Legos would make them so much happier, b/c they're young kids and cannot do delayed gratification without external reinforcement.  Finally dh just put his foot down and forbid it, and then offered to take them to get Lego sets on the way home from the zoo.  I am not saying this is the only way to handle this, and I did briefly advocate for letting them waste their money and be sad, but in the end, it was better the way dh handled it.


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That was a good article.  The last paragraph made me sad, though (the dad letting the 8 year old go to public school.)  I am sure this is an unpopular thought, but I feel that it is my job as parent to protect and raise my child, and I doubt any 8 year old has as thoughtful a reason for going to public school as her parent has for unschooling.  My 7 year old went through a phase of missing public school (he had been in for 1.5 years) but he got over it and now is happy he is not in public school.  Or, for example, yesterday at the zoo: the kids wanted to spend their allowance money on junky toys at the gift shop.  Dh reminded them that they had wanted to buy new Lego sets, but they still wanted the crap in front of them.  They just weren't getting that waiting for Legos would make them so much happier, b/c they're young kids and cannot do delayed gratification without external reinforcement.  Finally dh just put his foot down and forbid it, and then offered to take them to get Lego sets on the way home from the zoo.  I am not saying this is the only way to handle this, and I did briefly advocate for letting them waste their money and be sad, but in the end, it was better the way dh handled it.

Kids are so different, though.  My niece is just finishing her first year in school (grade 3).  It seems like she had a good year but she is thinking she'll probably go back to unschooling next year.  She isn't fully decided.  And my ds has always been very good at delayed gratification...  It's just how he came.
 

 


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