I always thought that if I am ever someday forced to take my kids out of school due to our refusal to vaccinate, I would rather unschool than homeschool.
The TODAY Show reported this morning that over 2 million children in the U.S. are legally unschooled.
The idea of my kids learning through life experience alone with no tests or text books required sounds dreamy to me, however, my personality and self-discipline does not lend itself to adhering to any kind of structure or fostering the enriching unschooling environment needed (and unschooling does not mean unstructured). That is one of the reasons why my kids go to public school, for which I am thankful!
TODAY features the fascinating perspective of an unschooling family on a segment this morning in the video below. I found it interesting to learn that unschooled children often do go on to college, using their life resume as a transcript, and they are required to take the same SATs and placement tests just like other students .
While my kids have had a positive public school experience, I would totally love to unschool if that was my only job and we could live out in the country or travel whenever and wherever we wanted. And of course that would only work if I had someone to keep me accountable and if being unschooled was what my kids really wanted, too. In the meantime I am inspired to do more of the types of learning through life activities and curriculum at home so that they can have the best of both worlds. I mean, as parents that’s what we should be doing anyway, right?
Do you have any experience with unschooling?