We just discussed this in part on another thread. Some people think that limiting tv (or food choices, bedtimes or anything) means you are not an unschooler. I don't agree and am also curious to see how this thread is answered by self identified unschoolers
I consider myself an unschooler though lately I haven't been using the term because of what I wrote above. I limit tv. Actually limit is not the word since I unplugged the dang thing :LOL We've been tv free (that means not even videos and DVDs) for over 2 months now. I have seen such an incredible, positive change around here that there is no way anyone can convince me it was good for us. I turned it off as an experiment (after reading stuff on MDC, the turnoff site, etc) but I'm keeping it off because of the results! (results such as a calmer dd and mama, more family time, more creative activities, less whining - the two year old is still a two year old though
I don't think tv is evil and I think there are many educational and recreational uses. I just think moderation is the key and that wasn't happening. Not for lack of trying over the years, believe me. I have heard to just let them watch as much as they want but I don't believe that is good for developing little brains and bodies (ok, not that it's good for grownups either . . .).
My dd has watched tv a handful of times at other people's houses (friends and grandmas). She immediately zones in like a zombie no matter what is on. Content doesn't matter, it's just the flickering box that gets her. That's what she used to be like around here all the time and I'm so happy it's gone. Not that life is perfect, :LOL Don't get me started on health problems, hospital stays, money issues, cars,
But at least tv isn't adding to the discord right now
That's my story
I wonder if this thread will spark off another (polite!) debate on whether people like me are really unschoolers?
Oh, really quick, I consider myself an unschooler because my dd is free to learn what she wants, when she wants, if she wants. I offer things I think she'd be interested in and if she says no, I say ok. Or sometimes she tells me things she wants to do/learn and I try and help her with that. We don't have a curriculum, a school time or even an agenda of what she has to learn when (and I live in an awesome state so I'm pretty free and don't have to keep detailed records or make things seem "schoolish" on paper).