Unschooling is Not "Unparticipating"
Two Responses to Attacks on Unschooling
Most life learners / unschoolers / homeschoolers have
articles in the corporate media just before school starts about school-free
families. (It is a novelty spin on the regular back-to-school article.)
Some of these articles are reasonably well-researched and written; many
others appear to be obligatory rush jobs written by people who know
nothing about the topic and are, understandably, coming from a schooled
perspective. Others have "click-bait" headlines or have been slanted by
Inevitably, the website versions of these are accompanied by
negative comments by people who apparently know little or nothing about the
subject, are afraid of change, are unable/unwilling to have their
thinking challenged, or have a vested financial or emotional interest in
the educational status quo. And, of course, many of us life learners are
frustrated by these articles and comments.
One recent article and the comments elicited some strong responses
from life learners on our social networking pages. Two of our regular
contributors, Idzie Desmarais and Jennifer Head, sent us their responses, which we published in the
September/October 2014 issue.
Here is a PDF of their responses for downloading.
Or if you prefer, here is where you can read both:
article Jennifer's article
And here is another series of articles illustrating
learn from community engagement.