Um... There wasn't any defying moment or anything. The girls were in school (prep and prep to grade 2), I was a single mum, wanting to travel a bit (didn't happen though ). I looked into alternative education as I wasn't happy with the current school system (I'm still not). Xmas/summer holidays one year we discussed homeschooling. Kids were happy. I was happy. I'd never heard of unschooling, but meeting with others who do this and researching it all made sense. Before that we were doing relaxed homeschooling (which id be quite happy to do again). Some of the reasons I like unschooling or homeschooling:
More family time
More time to travel/holidays in the off peak season
No school schedules, not having to hurry home to pick kids up
Kids can learn at their own pace
No tests or grades
No bribery or punishments (this goes for life outside of schooling too for us)
Kids aren't being forced to plsy with children they don't like or who bully them
Kids learn what they want and when
Not competing for attention with 30 other students (only competing for attention with 3 other children instead lol)
Diversity. There's many ways to homedchool. Some families use different methods for different children
Seeing my kids reach their milestones and goals. Being around my children a lot (I do need an hour a day when they're aren't around.)
Not having to get up early and do the school morning rush (apart from the two days they girls go to co-op), or when my youngest has swimming at 10.
I was once told by a very wise woman. "Get an education, no one will ever be able to take it away from you and you can make a good living for you and your children". This was my gran, who lived through the war and worked her body into the ground. She only went to school until she was 11 and I know she would have loved to study further and not work so physically hard to the point of discomfort.
I know she didn't mean "go out and learn from everyday life and pretend school doesn't exist".
Why take away education, something society has worked so hard to try and give as many children to get the same start in life. A level playing field. It just seems unschooling will without a doubt set someone up to have to work 10 times harder to get to where a schooled person can start at.
How do you know if unschooling works, what is the end result? It feels like leaving too much up to chance and to a degree, irresponsible in my opinion.
And sorry your original post has been derailed.
To answer your original post, I don't know any adult unschoolers personally, but I'm on a homeschooling forum as well as unschooling groups on FB and there's a few there. I know one says she's a piano teacher, one works with horses (I don't know what he does), one who is studying a beauty course. There's others but I can't remember..
I'm no expert of home schooling but I do know parents have to follow a curriculum. How does that fit with unschooling? Do you direct them to learn what is prescribed or ignore it and go with what you want?
Also, I get the concept of homeschooling/in schooling being child led, but what about topics that they don't know they are interested in or have a high aptitude for if they're not introduced to them? And how do specialist subjects such as chemistry and physics and specialist mathematics get taught when in conventional schools they often require someone with a tertiary background in those subjects to teach them?
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