Monday Musings – Is “Unschooling” a Good Idea?

Okay, I have to admit that I was a bit shocked while reading this article. It’s all about parents who have decided to “unschool” their kids. Yea, I didn’t know what it was either, but thankfully to Wikipedia, I quickly found out. According to the site,

“Unschooling” is a range of educational, philosophies and practices centered o allowing children to learn through their natural life experiences, including play, game play, household responsibilities, work experience and social interaction, rather than through a more traditional school curriculum.”

Now, in case this explanation is not clear, let me explain the concept in more simple terms. Unschooling on a day-to-day basis may include children not attending school (because they don’t want to), children not brushing their teeth or having a bath (because they don’t want to) and children having no set bedtime (because they want to stay up late). Whether you agree or disagree, there is a growing movement towards this method of child-rearing.

So what I’d like to as in this edition of Monday Musings is what your thoughts are on this new way of raising kids. How do you feel about unschooling? Would you unschool your kids? Why or why not?

Looking forward to your thoughts!

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