I was thrilled to come across this talk by unschooler astra taylor. She gives a fantastic talk about exactly what we did in our family. This talk was part of a series on Raising Creative Kids. We unschooled in this same way and we have had a similar life as well. We unschooled for ALL of Emma's life however. It's been an incredible journey for our family. Unschooling is a lifelong pursuit and this is how we have viewed the world in relation to learning. A few months back we were at a talk at UCONN with Derrick Jensen. He asked the question..."What are some of the words you dislike?". Emma raised her hand...after unschooling all her life...said "I dislike it when people say the word "educated". It sparked quite a conversation with Derrick Jensen...he wholeheartedly agreed that this idea that one can only be educated in a school comes from a closed system of thinking of people that have gone through the government school system. "This equation of learning with schooling is problematic," says Astra. An unschooling life is incredibly creative! Enjoy this great talk.
It is my hope that folks can maintain an open mind in regards to parent/children/families choice to unschool. Instead of being invested and judgemental about a very well thought out choice on the part of families that choose this lifestyle of learning, perhaps one would take the time to examine what it is that triggers some response in them. Just because my family chose to unschool does not meant that I don't see the value in other's choices. It's what has worked for us. I have never understood the strong negative reactions on the part of others, about what we choose to do. It does not impact them in anyway. We have also had more reactions of interest and curiosity than negativity I think in part because we were not invested in what others were doing with their journey of education. It's such a personal choice. I can see why some families cannot or choose not to unschool. It wouldn't work for them for a variety of reasons. I would maintain that the educational system can learn alot from the model of unschooling. I am open to discussing what our journey has been and even more importantly what Emma's journey has been and still is. I would welcome a thoughtful and dynamic conversation regarding the creative life that we have all led and are continuing to lead.