I must admit that I've been reading the posts...and yours here is the one that got to me.
I fail to see that
Not hurrying to activities
Not having to do pick ups
Being forced to play with other children ??
Travelling during off peak times. ..
Etc..these really aren't valid reasons not to attend formal education.
How does this help in the long run. ..when kids grow up and need to function in society and go to work at a set time. ..attend meetings. .get 4 weeks holidays a year and so on?
These excuses only benefit the parent not the child.
Sure schools aren't one size fits all. .. there are some other alternatives out there. Plus hopefully opportunities would arise to learn things otherwise not offered at home. An instrument perhaps? An art skill? Perhaps giftedness would be identified and options for acceleration. . Or debating clubs. .. science. .these sorts of extracurricular activities can't be met at home. Playing in an orchestra or competing at regional levels or national in sports?
As much as I want to respect the parents who choose this type of 'schooling' I just can't.
Parents all over the world fight for schooling for their kids. In fact I'm one of them. ..I'll be fighting for my daughter who has special needs to attend formal mainstream education. For all is faults..of which no system is perfect. ..it sure does make a huge difference.
**off to find scholarly articles or research on the efficacy of 'unschooling'.
Ps sorry for mistakes! It's late.
And how ridiculous re. DHS. You should have just said you'd decided to homeschool lol
Oh dear, I have been browsing some unschool facebook pages. In the interest of "children choose what they want to do or not do", one mother was saying her child needed 10 TEETH pulled out of her mouth, because 'we dont enforce teeth brushing'. I just think there are some things that kids are not equipped to make their own decisions about for their lives. They need some adult direction, surely. Education, and teeth brushing, are some things that if the child doesnt want to engage in, it's the adults job to enforce it!
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