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Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa
Hi there. My family unschools If you search unschooling here at MDC you will likely get a ton of threads, but I can ramble on about it right now for you too lol.
Unschooling tends to be a hotly debated term lately, so if you ask 10 people that do it what it means you might get 17 answers Here is what unschooling means to my family:
It means that we believe learning is a natural thing that comes about just by us living day to day life, and that it doesn't need an artificial structure put upon it. We feel that grades, tests, assignments, and schedules for learning are totally useless because each person has different ways of learning and doesn't need another person telling them that they aren't learning "good enough" or learning the "right things".
We feel that learning by need, interest, and just from the business of living our lives is enough. When we need some information or a new skill we go about finding it/doing it. When we are interested in or wonder about something we follow that to satisfy it. We do not follow a curriculum, and we have no "school time" because we feel that everything is learning. It doesn't need to be seperate from anything else.
It means that the learner is in charge of their education. It isn't parent/adult directed. We also believe that we all (children and adults) are teachers and students. Does that help a little? You may want to read "The Unschooling Handbook" by Mary Griffiths or the Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn. Also John Holt has good stuff as well.
Originally Posted by chickadee79
What do families who unschool do if they live in a state that requires standardized testing?
Originally Posted by SmilingChick
On the tails of the prior ? about standardized testing, I would be interested in how unschooling affects one's college application process, or do unschooling families typically not encourage their children to go to college, as it is a structured learning situation?
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