". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Homeschooling and Unschooling

Highly recommended: a GREAT series of posts on unschooling from my friend Jane. I think all parents--homeschoolers or not, unschoolers or not--can benefit from reading because what Jane is essentially talking about is a lifestyle that frees up children to reach their full potential. Yuck--that sounds like such a cliché, but that's really what it's about. In our house we have both schooly and unschooly periods, depending on the prevailing goals and circumstances. But if I h-a-a-d to pick one or the other, I would say we lean towards the unschooly. Our children have been allowed great freedom to pursue their passions and to govern how they allot their time. We don't worry much about grades or "covering" material. We just live together and by the grace of God love and learn our way through our days.

Here are links to Jane's posts, in order:

Gatto (about educational writer John Taylor Gatto, mentioned here in several recent posts as well)

Why Unschooling?


The Company You Keep (about socialization)

One More Unschooling Post (about Jane's kids--a case study in unschooling)

Go. Read. It will be worth it, I promise.


mz said...

I really enjoyed reading those posts. As someone who excelled in the school system, it continually surprises me that I am leaning towards homeschooling in general and unschooling in particular. We are still a few years away from making the final decision but unschooling, at least conceptually, seems to be a good fit for our lifestyle and philosophy.

Cheryl said...

mz, I am so glad you found Jane's posts helpful. You are exactly the sort of person I was hoping to send her way--someone who is considering homeschooling or perhaps struggline with homeschooling life and could benefit and receive encouragement from hearing her story.