So this is it, my family have made the decision, we are unschooling! And I am SO damn excited! I can't wait to get started... oh wait, thats the whole point of unschooling, we HAVE started!
Recently I came back to facebook (for a while there I deleted all friends except immediate family). I joined up with an unschooling group on facebook, and felt what it is like to actually have some support on the issue. Because, lets face it, support is hard to come by for homeschooling. I am pretty open about my choice, yet mostly refer to it as "homeschooling" because "unschooling" comes with a million more questions (and homeschooling arouses enough, dammit!). I've had people say to me outright "oh, I don't agree with that at ALL. I'm a teacher and have found that kids that go to school take direction from other adults much better than homeschooled kids" and have not really spoken to me since. Its interesting, but "ability to take direction from adults" is not high on my priority list... I'd rather have a free thinking individual who is confident enough to ignore a direction if they disagree with it!
The questions surrounding homeschooling can be really rude, and irritating. It depends who is asking, and their reasons for asking. Some are truly curious, and I don't mind expanding a few minds. Others just grind my gears.
What about socialisation? How will they get into uni? Won't they get bored? How will they function in the "real world" (is school really the "real world?")
I'm writing this knowing full well many of my audience will be sending their kids to school. Most people do. How would you feel if an unschooler grilled you on your decision to send your kids to school? How would you answer? The same questions apply... What about socialisation? How will they get into uni? Won't they get bored? How will they function in the "real world".
But, for the most part, people who choose to school aren't required to answer for their choice. After all, the majority of the world have made the same decision as them.
So before you shoot off questions, remember that unschooling is not a default choice. Its a parenting philosophy that has developed over time, and much research has been put into the decision (books, blogs, the experience of parents on both sides of the fence). So do what an unschooler does, and TRUST. Trust that the parent is making the best decision they can for their child. Trust that the parent has, at one time, had all the same questions and gone seeking the answers. And still, they chose to unschool. Trust them.
So I don't worry about what Butterfly will learn. I trust that what she does learn will be relevant to her and therefore she is more likely to retain that information. I will foster and encourage her passions, and if she needs to attend university to make her dreams come true, I trust that she will work to make it happen. Now that I have finally "unschooled" myself, I can relax and trust the process of life! And I am SO excited!
Something that is said often about homeschooling "oh you are brave, I could NEVER do that!"
A very wise, unschooling owl said to me today, "they send their kids to school? They are so brave, I could NEVER do that!"
Every parent has the right to choose what they believe to be the best for their child. Are you sure school can provide your child with as much as you can? If you have doubts, then unschooling might be for you :) I welcome questions from people who are seeking information to make a choice for their own family. I do not welcome questions from people who are intimidated by my choice and seek to trip me up. So if you have love in your heart, ask away :)