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    I'm not unschooled, and I don't know anyone who is...so no direct response to the OP. I do, however, see the appeal. I'm a trained and registered (although admittedly relatively inexperienced) teacher, and I have serious concerns about the efficacy and broader impacts of main****** education in some instances. This may well be compounded by the fact that I now work with children from backgrounds of abuse and neglect, and I can tell you that many schools are horrendously inept at dealing with these children in a way that fully supports their education and development. I would be reasonably confident in my own ability to offer a good standard of education to my own children if I were to choose not to follow the curriculum, but that would involve an enormous amount of work/development/collaboration and accessing of community resources to achieve, and it likely wouldn't end up falling within the definition of true unschooling (also, there's not a chance in hell that I'm up to that level of commitment). Whilst I'm sure that unschooling can be done well, and have significant benefits in some areas, I find it extremely concerning that any well-meaning (or not so well meaning) parent can choose this option for their children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    That's incredibly rude. You don't know much about the OP aside from that fact that her children do not go to school. You haven't walked a mile in her shoes and don't know her reasoning for taking her children out of school.
    Thank you. Exactly.

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    I get you may not be happy with main****** schooling , we were very fussy with what school we chose for DS ( an IB school ) but there is no way in the world I could possibly teach DS what his wonderful teachers do at school - ( and he's only been going for 2 terms!) he loves going and loves learning - I wouldn't have a hope of teaching him music, languages , sport or art and now he can read he's teaching me things! ( like what a digraph and a trigraph is - I had no idea!) plus I think being part of a group, learning to work together, excursions without me being present and just the great mix of new friends , from all different backgrounds , he has made I think is such a great life experience that school offers that we just could not give him at home

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    @Homeschooling4 out of interest how do you envisage your children earning a living as adults?
    Would their careers/jobs involve tertiary education? Apprenticeship? TAFE course? What would be their pathway to gaining the further education they need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J37 View Post
    Very funny.

    By "un-schooling", you are by definition, narrowing your child's world. You've taken away structured education, social networks, opportunities for inspiration, etc...you've taken a potentially wide and interesting world, and narrowed it for them.

    Google "the benefits of formal education".

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    Lmao. Sorry, but you really have no clue. School is not the only place to learn and socialise. It's actually the worst.

    School narrows it down. Sorry but I put your comment (copied) into a homeschooling forum I frequent and they're laughing at the ignorance.

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    While I get the appeal, I do think a lot of "un-schooling" can be achieved by smart parenting. By that I mean, summer camp, camping, gardening (& farming), hiking and just general exploring with kids. I agree that kids are over scheduled and over tested, but i trust the school system can do a better job than I can educating my kids.

    I think a lot of this thinking is romanticised reminiscing of the last few centuries when kids weren't always in school.

    However, I am often shocked at the grammar & punctuation used by homeschoolers. On this forum and the Internet in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeschooling4 View Post
    Lmao. Sorry, but you really have no clue. School is not the only place to learn and socialise. It's actually the worst.

    School narrows it down. Sorry but I put your comment (copied) into a homeschooling forum I frequent and they're laughing at the ignorance.
    Are you serious? For someone who doesn't seem to believe in school you're participating in rather school yard type behaviour. "My friends are all laughing at you. So there"

    School is the worst place to learn and socialise? According to who?

    No one is saying school is the only way, we're saying it's part of a well rounded childhood.

    You say you have to register homeschooled kids with the Gov. But you're not home schooling. You're unschooling. So does that mean you're knowingly lying to the Govt about what your kids are doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeschooling4 View Post
    Lmao. Sorry, but you really have no clue. School is not the only place to learn and socialise. It's actually the worst.

    School narrows it down. Sorry but I put your comment (copied) into a homeschooling forum I frequent and they're laughing at the ignorance.
    At my children's local public school, there's 42 different nationalities represented, lots of different religions too.

    My son's birthday is coming up and he's invited his friends who come from Lebanon, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Samoa, Macedonia and many more. My daughter has friends who come China, Thailand, Fiji, New Zealand, and some who are Aboriginal plus many more. They just wouldn't get that kind of socialisation anywhere else even though my group of friends is very multicultural. It is something I really love about the school.

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    @rosey82 Yes.. We only know what we know. My son is not like me at all. Im a stick figure champion, he has an artistic flare. I remember my son coming home age 3 from preschool singing a greek song, counting in Japanese. I was proud of my little man.

    I once heard that as parents, our function is to safely deliver and prepare our children to adulthood. I like that job description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeschooling4 View Post
    Lmao. Sorry, but you really have no clue. School is not the only place to learn and socialise. It's actually the worst.

    School narrows it down. Sorry but I put your comment (copied) into a homeschooling forum I frequent and they're laughing at the ignorance.
    Don't you send your kids to school 2 days a week though and plan to use the main****** high school system? That genuinely confuses me. If you think it's so awful why continue to use it, and to enrol your eldest in full time main******?

    I'm trying to be polite but I hardly think citing opinions on a home schooling forum proves anything. That's like an anti vaxxer putting negative comments made to them on the AVN site then saying the anti vaxxer's opinions prove they are right.

    TBH this thread has highlighted why so many are against unschooling.

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