Saturday, April 24, 2010

Unschooling

There has been a huge influx of media attention lately, unfortunately it's mostly negative. It paints unschoolers as neglectful parents whose kids will grow up to be failures.

I don't have all of the links and I don't really care to link them. Anyone who is on the internet lately has seen them for sure.

I don't want unschooling in the mainstream media. The masses are dumbed down, in the box and  indoctrinated. They can't even fathom that there are choices to be made. They see public school as the end all and be all to life. You can't possibly amount to anything if you aren't forced to be in prison for 12 years. You must be told what to do and what to think. We can't have free thinking people pursuing their own interests running amok.

We usually talk about what unschoolers don't do. We live as if school didn't exist. No grades, no tests, no curriculum, no forced lessons, no school period. We also don't follow arbitrary rules and limits imposed on us just for obedience.

We live and learn period! We do not need school, school is an artificial place that is never replicated in real life. Why people are so gung ho to say that school prepares you for life is beyond me.

We are living in the real world now, children are people now. They deserve to be treated as such. They deserve freedom to learn and grow and change and be who they are now, not what we think they should be in the future.

My friend Frank said *Unschoolers Do what they want*

Simple, yet true.

We learn about the world by living in it. We follow our interests wherever they may lead. We are happy, whole people just living our lives as if school didn't exist.

If that threatens you then you need to examine that and not put a negative spin on how we live because you don't have a clue.

2 comments:

Frank said...

Proud to be your friend!

JoAnn said...

Amen!