Most early childhood learning centers are child led and play-based, they are learning through play and interactions with others, not sitting down having the alphabet drilled into them.
Last week was foresting week at my son's preschool to learn about autumn. They went for walks through the little forest in our local park, built a fort with sticks, collected chestnuts and leaves, etc. In his classroom there was a table with dirt and real vegetables like carrots and radishes to dig up and plant. Another table with dirt and leaves and animals. The children walk around freely and choose what tables they want to play at. That is learning when you are a preschool age child. It is also fun for them to have the opportunity to have these experiences and do things you may not think to do at home, with heaps of other children to build and navigate relationships with.
To be fair unschooling, many times a lot of the responses and questions you receive are usually following a negative comment like you don't want your children abused in child care. That feels like a passive aggressive judgement towards people who choose childcare for whatever reason. Yes there was a past thread where you were very tolerant and patient about answering unschooling questions, but since then I've found many of your comments in threads along the lines of what I mentioned above which leads to a snowball effect of people reacting.
Yes, of course some people end up in jobs they don't like, etc. but there are also many people who are able to utilise their interests, passions and strengths to find a job/career they enjoy and thrive in. At school, the curriculum is much more prescribed and often children must complete tasks that are of no interest to them or tasks that are focused on areas of weakness (that can be avoided or overcome in the right job/career). I also think that, as adults, many people would be better equipped emotionally and cognitively to deal with the issues that they face in the workforce. Lots of children struggle in the mainstream school system in Australia. The fact is that some just cannot cope - for these kids school isn't necessarily the 'real world' and when they are able to follow their strengths and passions some cope just fine in workplaces, etc. as adults.
(Just wanted to add that I have no plan to homeschool/unschool my kids!)
There is no way in heck I could cover what my kids educators do in a week. I just don't have the life experience (or time.. Or patience )
And in regard to some children not getting what they need from the mainstream system. I agree with that, the system, public and private is not infallible. Teachers do try to cater to all different abilities in each subject area but of course it doesn't work for everyone. But having some experience with these types of kids, the answer isn't to remove them even more from mainstream society. It's to attempt to better use what resources they have at their disposal and tweek it. These kids need more specialised and targeted assistance, not less, at home with well meaning but untrained parents who are well out of their depth. These kids already are on the fringe of 'normal'. Pushing them further out IMHO isn't the answer, it only seeks to alienate them more and put them further behind.
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