"Unschooling" is a growing movement in education

Filed under: Development/Milestones: Babies, Day Care & Education

I am all in favor of alternative schooling methods for children. My oldest child attends a small private Waldorf school, my middle child is at a public Montessori charter school and my youngest just started at a private Montessori preschool. I believe that mainstream schooling works for some children, but for others it is wonderful that there are so many choices. However, I just became aware of the Unschooling movement. Huh? I knew about homeschooling, but unschooling? It sounds like an oxymoron. But apparently it is quite a growing movement in the country.

Currently it is estimated that anywhere between 100,000 and 200,000 children are following this unconventional method of learning. Unlike the home school method of learning, unschooled children follow no set curriculum, rather they learn what they want, when they feel so inclined. This is because the philosophy of the learning method states that humans have an ingrained need to learn and will do so if theft t their own devices.

Okay, I can buy that. But it seems like a fairly large leap of faith. You only have once chance to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. What if your child feels the need to play video games rather than explore the beauties of math? Or what if your kid decided to spend his entire childhood reading only comic books? What then?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.