It’s called unschooling. It’s a lot like homeschooling except that parents give their children the freedom to learn and develope at their own pace and according to their own unique interests in an unstructured environment.
People’s Magazine interviewed a few families who practice this unorthodox method of education. Apparently there are about 100,000 families in the states now that unschool. Basically, they let their children choose an area of interest, whether that be fixing computers, playing an instrument, drawing, etc and though they may have them do more typical school work as well, most of the school day is decided by the children.
The belief is that by this method of free learning, children will master specific areas of interest more effectively and have a richer, broader perspective then they would get in the confinement of the traditional classroom.
Who knows, one girl they interviewed is now attending Harvard after being educated in the unschooled method. It’s sounds as though she was extremely self-motivated though which not every student would be.
At first, second and third glance;), unschooling sounds like every child’s dream. Though I think it sounds valuable to broaden a child’s horizons and give them the opportunity to freely nurture their unique gifts and interests, unschooling seems to offer far too much freedom and a total lack of structure.
What do you think?!