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    Not sure if this topic has been brought up around here, but it's very primal-related around the topic of education. I just watched this great interview about the idea of unschooling. It sounds radical on the surface, but after watching this, I'm sold! What do you guys think?

    Schooools Out For Evah! Unschooling with Dayna Martin - YouTube
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    We tried it, but it don't work for aspie kids. However we are carrying on with as much self directed learing as possible and the younger one does fine with an unschooling aproach. I think there are quite a few home-edders on this board too, the type of person who questions conventional wisdom and looks for a differnt way finds it in educations as much as they find it in diet (and many other life choices too)
    You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tribal Rob View Post
      We tried it, but it don't work for aspie kids. However we are carrying on with as much self directed learing as possible and the younger one does fine with an unschooling aproach. I think there are quite a few home-edders on this board too, the type of person who questions conventional wisdom and looks for a differnt way finds it in educations as much as they find it in diet (and many other life choices too)
      Nice Rob! What is an aspie kid?

      And I totally agree about people who question conventional wisdom. I wish we could start are own country, devoid of authoritarianism and top-down hierarchies.
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      "Achieve your perfect weight through the mind-body connection!"

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      • #4
        My preference is unschooling with a stiener inspiration, which is what we do when DS is not in school, and then he goes to steiner schools. The focus there is on the whole person and developmentally appropriate (often nonacademic) learning -- no grades and no standardized tests (until high school. then they do standardized tests.).

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        • #5
          Aspie = Aspergers - oh how he loves his timetables and following of the rules.
          You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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          • #6
            We are basically unschoolers. Not radical unschoolers like some but unschoolers in a more let the child lead we provide the materials, opportunities, etc... We know a lot of homeschoolers on this or similar paths.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Primal123 View Post
              We are basically unschoolers. Not radical unschoolers like some but unschoolers in a more let the child lead we provide the materials, opportunities, etc... We know a lot of homeschoolers on this or similar paths.
              Same.
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              • #8
                MonkeGuy, that was awesome! She's like the coolest mom/teacher ever.
                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tribal Rob View Post
                  Aspie = Aspergers - oh how he loves his timetables and following of the rules.
                  We aren't all like that. And I never did my work the way they wanted it done. I didn't show my work for math questions (I did them without consciously thinking of the question anyway so showing the work would've been imposssible) and I never wrote in a paragraph what I could write in a sentence.
                  In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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                  • #10
                    Homeschoolers, here, too - eclectic homeschooling, with a decent stripe of unschooling.

                    If you want more information, google "John Holt", one of the godfathers of unschooling, or "Pat Ferenga", his protege. "Sandra Dodd" is another unschooling mom with lots to read from on the internet. If you want to hate your high school education, read "The Teenage Liberation Handbook" by Grace Llewellyn. There are, of course, more, but this will keep you busy for the nonce.

                    There are unschoolers gatherings around the country every year. We go to the Unschoolers Waterpark Gathering (called the "UWG" for short) in Sandusky OH every year.

                    Word of warning - if you are enamored of this type of education, please be sure to have repeated heart-to-heart talks and shared research with your SO, BEFORE the kids enter your life. There are few things more contentious than having a radical vision of freedom and then warring with a true traditional-school believer.
                    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                    • #11
                      Our 14 yr old is unschooled and has been since the 5th grade. We love it we wish we would have started out unschooling. We tried various alternative types of school and unschooling works best for our family. It does take a lot trust to unschool so it's a good idea to read as much as you can about it. One more book I would recommend is John Taylor Gatto's Dumbing Us Down. He looks at the real purpose of compulsory education.

                      If you're interested there is a big unschooling conference in San Diego:

                      Wide Sky Days | formerly known as Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference
                      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                        Our 14 yr old is unschooled and has been since the 5th grade. We love it we wish we would have started out unschooling. We tried various alternative types of school and unschooling works best for our family. It does take a lot trust to unschool so it's a good idea to read as much as you can about it. One more book I would recommend is John Taylor Gatto's Dumbing Us Down. He looks at the real purpose of compulsory education.

                        If you're interested there is a big unschooling conference in San Diego:

                        Wide Sky Days | formerly known as Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference
                        I love John Taylor Gatto's stuff too!
                        Thanks for the heads up on that conference! Right in my back yard too.

                        Nice to see all the homeschoolers/freethinkers on this board.
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                        "Achieve your perfect weight through the mind-body connection!"

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                        • #13
                          Wow that was an amazing video. I had not planned to sit here for almost an hour but I wanted to keep listening to her. Thanks for posting this. Wish I was 20 years younger so I could start again!

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                          • #14
                            We're eclectic classical homeschoolers, with a big dollop of unschooling/child led influence.

                            The combination works better for us, though my son's best friend is unschooled. (Oddly, instead of my son wishing he was unschooled, which is what I expected, instead he seems mostly content and his friend asks often what we're studying and seems awestruck, impressed, and a little envious at how much we cover. We'll see what they think as they enter the adolescent years.)
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
                              We aren't all like that. And I never did my work the way they wanted it done. I didn't show my work for math questions (I did them without consciously thinking of the question anyway so showing the work would've been imposssible) and I never wrote in a paragraph what I could write in a sentence.
                              You sound like my first born. He once (this just one of many, many examples) had an english teacher (gr 10) who told the class to write what they thought about a particular poem, after the class had discussed it. He wrote what he thought. He got an F. This was close to the beginning of the school year, so I went in to discuss it with her. She wasn't happy that he didn't include any of the things she had presented to the class about its meaning, plus he only wrote one paragraph instead of a whole page. Well, did you tell them they had to? No, she says, she expected them to understand that. So you told him to write what he thought, which he did...

                              After that he did absolutely no homework for that class, he simply refused, since she was "stupid, and doesn't know how to teach." Of course he finished with an F and had to go to summer school. Once in summer school, the teacher for that english class calls us after a week (6 week program), and I'm thinking oh crap, and then he says he's going to give him one more assignment and then pass him, so he doesn't need to come anymore because he thinks he's too smart to be wasting his time in summer school.
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