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I've recently become fascinated with the idea of unschooling and I can clearly see how this would be great for my children. I can definetly see this as something I may do with my youngest two (one is 2 1/2, the other 3 months).<br><br>
But I also have two older children - ages 11 and 15 that have always attended traditional school. They of course would love to be told they are no longer going to school :LOL What I'm wondering is, is it too late, particularly for the 15 year old, to adapt him to unschooling? He has always wanted to be a police officer, a very ridgid profession, would unschooling harm his chances? Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated.
 

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So, if unschooling is about giving him free choice, and his choice is to pursue things that would enable him to become a police officer, how would that be a problem?<br><br>
You're not telling him, "no, sorry, you can't be self-disciplined, it's not allowed in this household." You're telling him, essentially, the discipline is going to *have* to be self-discipline, rather than imposed from an outside source. I think that would make him an even stronger candidate for his chosen profession, whatever it might be.
 

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OK that makes sense. Duh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"><br><br>
My other concern though is this - OK so let's say he hates Algebra so therefore he never wants to learn about it but then he goes to college in 3 years and one of the core sujects he has to take is Algebra. By not forcing him to learn basic Algebra like they teach in High School what does that do to his chances of doing well in college? Or does that mean that he will have to teach himself Algebra if he wants to pursue college?<br><br>
(Maybe that's a stupid question too but I'm a newbie to this so please be kind!)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My other concern though is this - OK so let's say he hates Algebra so therefore he never wants to learn about it but then he goes to college in 3 years and one of the core sujects he has to take is Algebra. By not forcing him to learn basic Algebra like they teach in High School what does that do to his chances of doing well in college? Or does that mean that he will have to teach himself Algebra if he wants to pursue college?<br></div>
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I would think that, if he's planning on going to college in the next few years, then he'll be looking at the colleges' requirements ahead of time. If he sees that he'll need algebra that could lead to a few things--he could just take algebra in college and play "catch-up" with any info he doesn't already know...or he could pick up an algebra book sometime before college to prepare himself, or grab a class or tutor to help him get a handle on that "pre-algebra" stuff. (Incidentally, I have two college degrees and never took college algebra--is that a requirement for police officers? Sounds unlikely, but I don't really know.)<br><br>
The idea behind unschooling is that people will learn what they need to learn to reach the goals they set for themselves. If algebra is a requirement for what he really wants to do, he'll be motivated to learn it.<br><br>
You might find <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Teenage Liberation Handbook</span> an interesting read.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">(Incidentally, I have two college degrees and never took college algebra--is that a requirement for police officers? Sounds unlikely, but I don't really know.)</div>
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I don't know actually, I just threw it out there as an example... he actually likes algebra anyways so maybe a bad example. :LOL<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The idea behind unschooling is that people will learn what they need to learn to reach the goals they set for themselves. If algebra is a requirement for what he really wants to do, he'll be motivated to learn it.</div>
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OK that makes sense. That's what I was thinking but just wanted to make sure. Thank you so much for the input.<br><br>
I will definetly look for that book, sounds great!
 
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