You have commented on the article I wrote a while back "Why We Unschool". I started answering your comment as a response comment, but it became rather lengthy and I decided I'd rather have it up as a full blown post.
First of all I am really sorry you felt the need to post this anonymously, there is no need for this, I like a bit of debate and I am not scared of different opinions. After all, it is out the conflict of ideas that new ideas arise.
Secondly, I get that the concept of unschooling is a very scary one and it seems to go against everything we have been 'taught' (but there you have it... some enlightened reflection might just fix this problem). However, the decision to unschool my daughter has not been one we took lightly as your comment suggests it is. I find that slightly annoying, because what you say in the body of your comment proves that you have not given the topic the same consideration I have. If you had read about the topic as much and had discussed it as extensively as I have, then probably you would think about it in a different way.
But just to put your mind at ease, let me adress the issues you put forward in your comment:
- "Homeschooling I can understand. Schools can be a scary place."
- "Don’t you worry that by providing NO education for your child you are closing so many doors for her?"
- Isn’t it YOUR job as her parent to TEACH HER?
- In the U.S. lack of education is the reason so many people have to work at McDonald’s and resort to crime and gangs versus earning an honest living.
- Unfortunately having no high school or college degree means little opportunity for gainful employment as an adult. Maybe it’s different where you live?
Secondly, it is not because we unschool that my child will never be schooled. That's the great thing about unschooling: we leave the choice to our child. We do not oblige them to go to school, but if she chooses to attend for any amount of time, she is at liberty to do so. This is as true for high school as it is for college or university. Some unschooled kids do decide that a degree will help them to achieve their goals in life.
Third, you talk about gainful employment. By this, you suggest that the only way to earn a living is to work for an employer. It is not so. There are millions of ways to gain a living and there are also different ways to approach the monetary system. One can choose to follow a money-led consumerist system, as the one the western world follows. Or one can choose not to. I will not go into too much detail here as this is beside the point. One can also decide to be self employed and thus bypass the 'degree-employment' connection you see as imperative.
- "And I’m sorry but the likelihood that your child is the next LDV or Einstein is pretty unlikely…"
- "I hope you are teaching her to read and write."
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- "I feel like it’s an injustice to so many children who don’t have a choice."