A Queensland family is challenging traditional teaching methods by ‘unschooling’ their four children.
This involves keeping the kids at home and letting them learn through life as they choose.
Their children can eat, play, sleep when they like. They don’t even have to cut their hair if they don’t want to!
Some comments on the topic claim this is very irresponsible and lazy parenting and that it is even a form of child abuse!
“This should be child abuse, it’s our role as parents to give our children the best to give them every opportunity to succeed!”
What’s unschooling? via The Conversation
The term “unschooling” was coined by American educator John Holt and is used interchangeably with natural learning, interest-driven learning, child-led learning, organic learning, eclectic learning or free range learning. It was defined by Holt as “allowing children as much freedom to learn in the world as their parents can comfortably bear”.
This philosophy of education is characterised by allowing children to choose the direction of their learning, its content and context. The role of parents is to act as facilitator, sourcing and providing access to resources and then getting out of the way. Unschooling is about children making their own educational choices.
Unschooling often begins with a process of deschooling for both parent and child. Deschooling is the free time given to children after their removal from school/traditional homeschool. It is a time when both parents and children unlearn school approaches to education.
Not surprisingly, this approach has its detractors. After all, it’s hard to know whether meaningful learning is taking place. In spite of this criticism, the philosophy is popular with many professionals, including university academics and career advisers devoted to unschooling their own children.
Unschooling is not a new phenomenon, it’s often described as a return to more traditional learning models.
It’s also not as rare as you may think, with estimates of up to 15,000 children being illegally home educated (including those who are unschooled) in Queensland alone.
What do you think about “unschooling”?
One MoM member shares her experience with unschooling – read her story here
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