seriously, i'd like to know. It seems pretty interesting but I don't understand how it could be legal...
Why would it not be legal?
Thank you, I was just wondering as the concept just sounds like it's not school at all. And I know not schooling your children is illegal. Thanks for clarifying that for me.
You're right in that it is not "school". But learning and education don't have to go hand in hand with school...
Unschooling is legal.
Originally Posted by elvenpath
And I know not schooling your children is illegal. Thanks for clarifying that for me.
Not *educating* your children is illegal, school or quasi-school set-ups are not required.
Unschooling's emphasis is about the children learning, when they're ready to, whatever they are drawn to learn. It isn't about teaching. Unschooled kids learn a lot every day, but no one will have the same "curriculum". Just as different school districts get different materials and so have different lessons, unschooled kids each learn what they need to learn, different from one another. It is a natural timetable for learning, it's not a lack of learning.
Unschoolers may become fluent, easy readers at age 9, not 6 or 7. However, in the meantime, they may have honed unbelievable listening skills or visual. They have grown in the ways that are natural to them, but may not be valued in a one-size-fits-all classroom filled with 25 other same-age kids. And by the time they're 17 or 18, no one would know when they learned to read and it would not matter. What they will have missed is struggles with ideas they're not ready to learn or have no need to learn. They have soaked up the world in ways that make sense, are meaningful and will be remembered.
Do you (generic you, not you OP...)remember all of the information you were tested on in school? Do you remember the stuff on the tests you aced? No? Me either, but I wasn't unschooled. Instead I went to school and had to learn (really parrot back) things that there was no context for. So, I didn't really learn the stuff; at best, I remembered it enough for a test. Is that learning?
The premise for the OP's question is that kids need to be taught (or taught the exact same things in the same order) in order to learn. Nope. Untrue, and lots of times counterproductive. There is no one set of knowledge that everyone must have. Or have they whittled all of the majors in colleges down to one? I didn't hear about that...
I think what you're getting from these responses is that there is a HUGE difference between unschooling and educational neglect. (no matter what its detractors say
At least in our case, I am very aware of where my children 'are' in their interests and skills and work to make sure that we are moving forward. Their days are primarily self-led, but that doesn't mean they are not learning.
I think unschooling may be made more complicated (at least for the adult facilitator) by state regulations that require that things be documented and quantified...but even then, it's possible.
Now, convincing skeptical husbands...that's another story...
I am wondering. What are the 25 states that have testing requirements for homeschoolers/unschoolerers?
I am not sure when this webpage was updated compared to the age of this thread (2007), but it lists 22 states in which testing (or evaluation in place of testing) is required:
I'm in one of those states, Washington. But our scores are for the parent's use only. There isn't even anyone tracking whether students have actually taken any test.