But isn't your DD in a steiner/Montessori/IB school Sonya? There is a huge difference between that and unschooling. The former still has qualified staff, and while it is often self directed learning it is within a basic curriculum framework. There is also accountability with these alternative schools. There is none with unschooling. If there was there would be issues bc homeschoolers are meant to stick to a curriculum, US's don't do that so how do they get away with that? Clearly bc there is no monitoring or accountability.
my girls are just at normal Anglican schools. But one with a huge amount of money to throw at resources. My son is at an IB school with even more money.
I'm not comparing their school with unschooling or homeschooling. I'm just explaining the lengths and expense I have had to go to to get my kids the education they need and I think deserve. If my circumstances were different we may have homeschooled.
If you're kids are fairly neurotypical and you can access a good state school well then you're laughing. But I still don't believe in the main many state schools cope with kids that are outside the box. In my eldest's class in year 4 she still had 2 kids that were almost illiterate. They just stared into space or put their heads down all day and were largely left alone.
I've read over the posts in this thread and am left with one question that I'm interested in hearing the answer to:
What employment prospects do you expect your unschooled children to be facing come adulthood?
Money is far from the be all and end all, but in an increasingly professionalised workforce, the reality is that the majority of professions require some form of formal training to even get a look in, (whether it be a school certificate/diploma/degree etc).
I've seen you mention that all of these qualifications remain possible for unschooled children, but it seems they would be facing a gargantuan effort to become eligible for entry to a tertiary institution...before even completing their qualification or getting a job.
Why choose such a torturous path for them?
(Okay, I guess that's two questions!)
But I guess my point is there are options other than unschooling. Many public schools are becoming very diverse learning environments. There are the above schools popping up everywhere. I kind of place unschoolers in a category similar to anti vaxxers and imho it's not beneficial for kids.
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