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Old 09-04-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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UH-OH, the downside of "freedom"

From home schooling to 'unschooling' -- baltimoresun.com
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A byproduct of home schooling, unschooling incorporates every facet of a child's life into the education process, allowing a child to follow his passions and learn at his own pace, year-round. And it assumes that an outing at the park - or even hours spent playing a video game - can be just as valuable a teaching resource as Hooked on Phonics.
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The term "unschooling" was coined by the late educator and home-schooling advocate John Holt, whose 1964 book, "How Children Fail" and home-schooling magazine Growing Without Schooling are among the cornerstones of alternative learning.
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Reading, PA
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For the right kid, it works.
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I think it's a great idea...but what happens when those kids hit college and have to take 'regular' classes, budget their time and do what they're told, when they're told to do it?

I know there are a lot of problems going from elementary (one teacher, one classroom) to jr. high (multiple teachers, multiple classrooms) and some kids find it hard to phase over. I can't imagine going through 18 years of 'unschooling' then being thrust into a college environment.
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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There are actually schools that "teach" this way too. It works for those with the right drive, for the rest it fails.
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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Bright kids who have no learning disabilities will learn in spite of bad teaching or, in this case, no teaching.

Unfortunately, the Bell Curve is real, the majority of students are not capable of teaching themselves, and, more importantly, the majority of parents are not capable of facilitating the learning process for their children.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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What is it, 24% or something like that, graduate from Detroit public schools. How do you think homeschooled kids stack up against those kids? How much do the homeschooled kids cost taxpayers, anyway?
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:15 AM
 
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UH-OH, the downside of "freedom"

From home schooling to 'unschooling' -- baltimoresun.com
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A byproduct of home schooling, unschooling incorporates every facet of a child's life into the education process, allowing a child to follow his passions and learn at his own pace, year-round. And it assumes that an outing at the park - or even hours spent playing a video game - can be just as valuable a teaching resource as Hooked on Phonics.
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The term "unschooling" was coined by the late educator and home-schooling advocate John Holt, whose 1964 book, "How Children Fail" and home-schooling magazine Growing Without Schooling are among the cornerstones of alternative learning.
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Sounds like something our school officals and their political and union cronies in Newark, Camden and Trenton, NJ subscribe to.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:23 AM
 
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I read the article and was not impressed. I couldnt really tell what it is, though the article describes fairly well what it isnt. Is it homeschooling without the structure?

This is what you should be doing when you have time with your kids anyway. I didnt get it.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:25 AM
 
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At least home schooled kids aren't forced to watch the president and his campaign speech and have to write letters because the president thinks he is so good!
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:53 AM
 
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At least home schooled kids aren't forced to watch the president and his campaign speech and have to write letters because the president thinks he is so good!
Lol, how do you know?
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