The OP has popped in and said she was actually asking about adults who had been unschooled and how that worked out for them.
Learn to read people!! At school!!
Knowing a few homeschool and unschool families, I don't really think that they frequent more mainstream sites like BH.
Maybe we should have a plebiscite on whether unschooling should be legal?
- tongue firmly in cheek.
I've lurked this entire thread and have a genuine question: how is unschooling different to just not sending kids to school? As I understand it, all kids have to be enrolled in one form of education or another, whether that be formal school or homeschooling. It's been said that unschooling is a type of homeschooling therefore legal, but in reality how is it any different to just not sending your kids to school?
In a formal education context, *all* students (I think? But definitely all Aboriginal students) are meant to have documented individual learning plans (in SA anyway, and different schools are more/less vigilant about this), and students with special needs students generally have negotiated education plans so they don't necessarily strictly follow the curriculum. But it is documented and the school is accountable for programming towards those goals. In some cases the NEP allows for different assessment methods, excusing from formalised testing, not grading certain learning areas etc.
While it is difficult for teachers to address these needs, and we don't always do it as successfully as we'd like, I do think it illustrates that formal education isn't always as 'one size fits all' as some people believe.
So I don't necessarily see that as a cherry on top? Not sure. I'm curious and wanting to learn a bit more, I guess.
As I mentioned earlier, the bit that I keep tripping up over is the accountability part, and I guess that's the difference I see between the two.
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