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Old 08-03-2012, 11:16 AM
 
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Does anyone know about the term ( Unschooling ) and how it works ?
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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What kind of jobs do children who have been unschooled get,
and how do they make a living, without being taught ?
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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You will run into "unschooling" advocates who present it as something specific with it's own unique set of criteria, but like regular old homeschooling it's just a non traditional route to education. Learn from home, learn from example, learn from doing, learn a trade or skill if you are apprenticed by someone who has them, etc. All these things are legitimate alternatives to the regular classroom and can be combined with structured learning. The benefits are dependent on the players and environment so it's definitely not something that everyone can or should consider.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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You will run into "unschooling" advocates who present it as something specific with it's own unique set of criteria, but like regular old homeschooling it's just a non traditional route to education. Learn from home, learn from example, learn from doing, learn a trade or skill if you are apprenticed by someone who has them, etc. All these things are legitimate alternatives to the regular classroom and can be combined with structured learning. The benefits are dependent on the players and environment so it's definitely not something that everyone can or should consider.
Does not sound like they could ever receive or obtain a
high paying profesion, Lawyer, Doctor, etc.

They would only receive lower pay jobs, or am I wrong.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Does not sound like they could ever receive or obtain a
high paying profesion, Lawyer, Doctor, etc.

They would only receive lower pay jobs, or am I wrong.
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It doesn't stop people from going to college if that's what you mean. You would actually have to be learning things that let you test for your high school degree and to take the SAT/ACT. There is no escaping that regardless of how you actually learn. You need higher education if you want to be a professional.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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It doesn't stop people from going to college if that's what you mean. You would actually have to be learning things that let you test for your high school degree and to take the SAT/ACT. There is no escaping that regardless of how you actually learn. You need higher education if you want to be a professional.
So you are saying that the law requires unschooled children to
have to take SAT/ACT just like homeschoolers do.

But they do not have to finish unschooling or homeschooling just like
children in regular school who can drop out at 16 years old.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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"Unschooling" means that there is no resemblance to "school". There is no rigid structure as there is in a school setting.
Lessons are learned through daily activities. There may or may not be written papers, but there IS learning.
Unschooled children do learn to read and write; they do learn math and science and geography and history... and anything else they so desire to learn. (My son loves rocks, so we extensively studied them and had a blast collecting rocks from all over.)
We, as parents, teach our children from the moment they are born. They are little sponges that absorb a lot. We do not need to sit them down and drill things into their heads, they learn as they play.
An unschooled student will need to get their GED in order to go to college. Yes, they have to take the college entrance exams just like everyone else.
Unschooled does NOT mean "doomed to a life of low paying jobs". I would bet there are more unschooled adults in high paying jobs than there are in the lower fields.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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"Unschooling" means that there is no resemblance to "school". There is no rigid structure as there is in a school setting.
Lessons are learned through daily activities. There may or may not be written papers, but there IS learning.
Unschooled children do learn to read and write; they do learn math and science and geography and history... and anything else they so desire to learn. (My son loves rocks, so we extensively studied them and had a blast collecting rocks from all over.)
We, as parents, teach our children from the moment they are born. They are little sponges that absorb a lot. We do not need to sit them down and drill things into their heads, they learn as they play.
An unschooled student will need to get their GED in order to go to college. Yes, they have to take the college entrance exams just like everyone else.
Unschooled does NOT mean "doomed to a life of low paying jobs". I would bet there are more unschooled adults in high paying jobs than there are in the lower fields.
You saved me from having to type out a good response to this.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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Me and my siblings were "unschooled" before there was ever a term for it.

Basically the children are taught the curriculum (or no curriculum, just living and learning) without being given grades or scores for the simple reason that it is believed grades and scores give a false sense of superiority/inferiority. Some go further and let the children "self direct" their learning (which is the way we were taught). This "self directed" learning is usually associated with "christian unschooling" as they basically believe that "God gently directs his children in the direction they were meant" or something to that extent. But my mom (and later my dad jumped on the band wagon once he started seeing the results) were the unusual ones who's ideas were not based on christian unschooling, but believed children will learn, because that is what children do, that they have an innate burning desire to learn and don't need to be force fed curriculum at a predetermined rate, curriculum that is not adequate or suitable for every child.
This is just a simplified description, there are others that would add or maybe even disagree with what I have written.

We never had any problem with getting into college or getting jobs. I dropped out of the career world (I was an electrical apprentice) to be a stay at home mom, but my siblings range from a bartender, to a bank teller, to a nurse, to another sis that also decided to be a stay at home mom (she use to be a substitute teacher, something I did for awhile as well after having my children). We are all very happy with our "professions" as we always pursued what we enjoyed in life.

We (me and my siblings) are not weird, or noticeably different than anybody else. When I have revealed on rare occasions to friends that I was "unschooled" (and then explain what it means) they are often quite surprised. Like they expected me to have turned out with two heads or something
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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Some go further and let the children "self direct" their learning (which is the way we were taught). This "self directed" learning is usually associated with "christian unschooling" as they basically believe that "God gently directs his children in the direction they were meant" or something to that extent.
Um, no, self-directed learning is NOT necessarily associated with Christianity. Most of the unschoolers I know are quite secular. Radical Unschooling did not begin from a religious perspective at all.

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