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    Oh I completely agree with you on many levels, not everyone wants the 45 hour a week office job with the commute to the 'burbs. But I guess my issue is that a 10 year old doesn't know what they want. And by the time they do become an adult and decide they do want that life with medical degree that they can't access uni and are lacking the skills to live that life.

    I think alternative lifestyles are perfectly fine. My issue is you (a general you) are essentially deciding for your child. I'm not saying an unschooled child can never access uni. But the road is much harder.

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    Even unschooled children have to do things they don't enjoy. It's part of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    A university won't take an unschooler until mature age unless they've got their hsc or similar.
    Not true. There are different ways to get in and each uni has it's own paths and criteria. Even schooled teens with high ATAR scores aren't guaranteed places either. I'll try and find some links...
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    The idea of unschooling gives me heart palpitations. Our education system isn't perfect, but there is so much more to school than the academic side of things.
    Unschooling is not for us. I do know a family who unschooled their kids and they are now adults. It only ended well for one of them. The others are not living a fulfilling adult life.
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    Unschooling and homeschooling are not for everyone. If you had of told me i would even think about unschooling just a few years ago I would have laughed. School isn't for everyone either. Some families might even have kids in school but home/unschool others (or just one). The thing I love is the diversity. I don't hate schools, there's a lot of great ones and many teachers who are loving and passionate. Unschooling suits us for now.
    I love living in Australia, where we have choices.

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    How is a child supposed to survive uni if they have never been schooled? I went to uni as a mature age student...it's hard! I can't see how a child with no schooling can be expected to go to university. It's all consuming with assignments and exams. No way would I want my first exam experience to be at uni.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeschooling4 View Post
    Not true. There are different ways to get in and each uni has it's own paths and criteria. Even schooled teens with high ATAR scores aren't guaranteed places either. I'll try and find some links...
    Most universities require HSC, Year 10 TAFE to even apply. Some they expect people to do multiple modules on essay writing, research skills, referencing etc before applying. From their perspective they have no way to gauge unschoolers abilities against schooled people.

    I've attended La Trobe and CSU and my DH RMIT with some modules at Curtin and all of them require the above.

    Quote Originally Posted by Homeschooling4 View Post
    Even unschooled children have to do things they don't enjoy. It's part of life.
    Yes, but that is part of general family life like washing the dishes or washing their hair not in regards to education. Part of unschooling is learning about what they want, when they want isn't it? As opposed to a prescribed structured learning environment.

    My point is that isn't how life works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    How is a child supposed to survive uni if they have never been schooled? I went to uni as a mature age student...it's hard! I can't see how a child with no schooling can be expected to go to university. It's all consuming with assignments and exams. No way would I want my first exam experience to be at uni.
    Yep, this. Like I said, good in theory, poor in practice.

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    I'm the op - i was originally questioning if anyone here (adults) were raised without a formal education? I realise that a few parents are raising their kids this way but ideally i wanted to know the end result?

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    Quote Originally Posted by binnielici View Post
    If you want a conventional mind give your children a conventional education.
    I actually find this to be a ridiculous statement. I give my children a conventional education so they can function effectively as adults in a conventional society. I'm giving them every opportunity I can.

    But at home, my job as a parent is to teach them everything else, and help form minds that think critically and above "convention".

    Everything that unschoolers do (explore their interests, teach based on real life inspiration) my husband and I do anyway. So on top of their "conventional" education. I think most good parents would do that.

    I'm usually open to most ways of thinking, but unschooling to me is inflicting a terrible injustice on your children. They will be so far behind in life. There is a reason why formal education is deeply valued universally.

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