More Parents Choose Home SchoolingAuthor: Wendy Stenberg-Tendys
The unschooled are taking up college classes, including algebra, astrobiology, chemistry and geology. Fourteen year-old ‘unschooler' Zoe Bentley says "Maybe, I'll earn a degree".
Zoe has been homeschooled by her parents, thus earning the title ‘unschooler'. It is now believed that approximately between 1.5 to 2 million kids are home schooled in America alone, but the data for this statistic is difficult to obtain.
There is no fixed curriculum, exams, course schedule, or an attempt to copy traditional classrooms, unless the students ask for it.
Zoe at 12 requested geology lessons. While signing up for a class at Pima Community College she was asked to take a placement test. She said "It was surprisingly easy".
While home schooling has been available for many decades, supporters say that there have been increases in the number of parents and children who are choosing to be ‘unschooled'.
A fifth grade teacher, John Holt is extensively recognized as the father of the ‘unschooled'. Including his 1964 work, ‘How Children Fail', he left behind a rich resource of books after his death in 1985. His argument was that mainstream schools hold back the learning process by making students study things they are not interested in, as well as fostering fear. Holt, who was private schooled, described public schools as hard jails and progressive schools as soft jails.
The professionals claim that homeschooling is not the answer for everyone and very much depends on the child's needs and what time a parent has available.
"Unschooling means looking at life as a creative adventure, a cooperative lifestyle that involves the entire family" says Sara McGrath, owner of an unschooling blog site.
"School was really wasting our time. The kids had so many things they wanted to do and places they wanted to go and things they wanted to talk about, but all we could do was mindless homework. It was very frustrating" states an associate professor of education and applied linguistics, Kellie Rolstad, who home schools her 14, 13 and 11 year olds.
Rolstad's oldest boy plays piano, guitar, violin, bass and ukulele and is now building computers with his friends. Had he remained in school, he says, his aim of pursuing music as a career wouldn't feel quite so real. "With unschooling you can do things how you want to."
Countries that are the most prominent in homeschooling, include America, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Germany has totally banned homeschooling, while in some other countries homeschooling is not socially tolerated. Home schooling is all about personal choices, particularly now with the vast amount of material available online.
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Dr Wendy Stenberg-Tendys and her husband are CEO's and founders of YouMe Support Foundation, providing high school education grants for children who are without hope in a third world country. Wendy (aka Lyn Thomas) is also the author of Tropicpost.com and Geekoterre News Desk, (http://geekoterre.com) with tips on parenting, humour and many more interesting subjects.
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