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    Unschooling

    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)
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    Quote 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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    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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    Aspie = Aspergers - oh how he loves his timetables and following of the rules.
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    Quote 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.
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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by jojohaligo View Post
    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.
    Yeah that story sounds familiar. The primary difference being that I didn't wait to get home to make my opinions known. Still though, some of the teachers recognized my genius.
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    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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    Quote 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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