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    I send my child to a mainstream school. He is happy and is doing well. I also know of homeschooled children who are happy and doing well. The education system is not a one size fits all approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    But where do you draw the line (A general you, not you specifically)?
    In a country where education is at our fingertips, and a curriculum based on years of practice that is (mostly) successful, should parents be able to potentially give their children a lesser chance?
    I'm a teacher and, in most circumstances I'm not a fan of home/unschooling. But don't get me started on curriculum!

    The point of my post was, many unschooling parents would read you post and say "a lesser chance at what? To be a corporate slave?" It's just a very different mindset.

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    Hi guys I don't normally post but maybe I could add something from the prospective of the "unschooled" child. My parents decided when I was 7 and my brother 6 to sell the house and all of our belongings and see the world. We did very little text book schooling. We had to keep a journal of our travels and every now and then mum would get us a math book. We returned to Australian when I was 15, grade 10. I was so far behind the other kids to this day I would have no idea what adjectives or nouns are have no idea about grammar. But I had a lot of life skills so work around it I knew uni was a long shot but loved cooking so after year 12 I did a cookery apprenticeship. I was the youngest head chef in my company and only female. I'm now married with children (on maternity leave). My brother did grade 8 onwards went to uni and is now a pharmaceutical distribution manager very high income.

    So am I angry at my parents for my lack of early education?
    Yes I feel limited in what I can achieve.

    Would I take back my childhood?
    Not for a minute! I've picked fruit in Israel, hosted English tours of Cairo, milked goats in Italy I lived a life people dream of at the expense of my education.

    Would I do this with my children?

    No way a formal education is so important in whatever structure works for the child.

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    I would never homeschool my child - but that is because
    a - I dont have the patience/ability to do it, and
    b - my child is fairly easy and fits into mainstream schooling well.

    I totally understand why other parents who have children in different circumstances would choose homeschooling, why that might be the best option (or sometimes the only option).

    That to me is a totally different ball game to unschooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieDE View Post
    Hi guys I don't normally post but maybe I could add something from the prospective of the "unschooled" child. My parents decided when I was 7 and my brother 6 to sell the house and all of our belongings and see the world. We did very little text book schooling. We had to keep a journal of our travels and every now and then mum would get us a math book. We returned to Australian when I was 15, grade 10. I was so far behind the other kids to this day I would have no idea what adjectives or nouns are have no idea about grammar. But I had a lot of life skills so work around it I knew uni was a long shot but loved cooking so after year 12 I did a cookery apprenticeship. I was the youngest head chef in my company and only female. I'm now married with children (on maternity leave). My brother did grade 8 onwards went to uni and is now a pharmaceutical distribution manager very high income.

    So am I angry at my parents for my lack of early education?
    Yes I feel limited in what I can achieve.

    Would I take back my childhood?
    Not for a minute! I've picked fruit in Israel, hosted English tours of Cairo, milked goats in Italy I lived a life people dream of at the expense of my education.

    Would I do this with my children?

    No way a formal education is so important in whatever structure works for the child.
    Thanks Charlie this is the sort of info i was after.


 

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