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It's a documentary, by Peter Kowalke. I'm thinking of ordering it, but wondering if it's worth the $19.95.<br><br>
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Yes, I saw it. I had our library order it for us, and then had a viewing of it one night there.<br><br>
I felt very mixed about it. Almost all of the homeschoolers had an incredible sense of themselves. They seemed very solid and at peace with their lives. Good.<br><br>
On the other hand, none of them really seemed joyful. They were talking seriously, so of course they wouldn't be silly, but they didn't seem very sparky to me. One woman picked fruit for a living, as she had growing up. She seemed depressed and lonely. One guy complained about his family's finances, that his family couldn't really support his passion of bicycling. He also explained how public schooled kids seemed to have learned how to slog through things, and he didn't feel that he had learned that. He felt he had a deficit in that he he couldn't just sort of suck it up and memorize things if he had to.<br><br>
But all of these young adults had carved out meaningful lives that seemed to work for them. That was reassuring. And as I said, none of them were at all confused about where they wanted to be.<br><br>
On the other hand, they seemed kind of mopey <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:. They seemed humorless.<br><br>
This is a great movie for homeschooling families to see, to be aware of some possible problems in homeschooling. It is a TERRIBLE movie to see to show to someone who doesn't know anything about homeschooling. It doesn't showcase it in the best light--that's why it was good for my group to see. We had a discussion afterwards and agreed that a lot of the homeschoolers had their childhoods without a lot of support--they weren't part of bigger social homeschooling groups. Many times they were the only homeschoolers they knew, and I think that did impact how they grew. We all had a sense of relief that our kids have great relationships with each other and with the greater community.<br><br>
I don't think homeschooling in an isolated way is necessarily bad--now there are so many people homeschooling, it's not a freakish thing. And even if it was, too bad. It's just the people in this movie did seem to have suffered because of their isolation.<br><br>
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I own it, actually. It is, um, kind of boring, and the people he interviews are seem kind of, um, well, not like most of the grown and teen unschoolers I know. Like, a lot of them are living on farms and stuff, voluntarily... which is fine, but I don't think they're representative of grown unschoolers today.<br><br>
I guess if I'd seen it when Rain was 5, I probably would have been less likely to unschool her...<br><br>
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Thanks for the input. I don't think I'll bother ordering it. I was hoping it would be something to reassure DH that unschoolers can go to college and get good jobs.
 
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