Homeschooling is one thing — when a parent opts to teach their children rather than the mainstream school system — but unschooling seems like an entirely different approach. Without textbooks and formal teaching, kids are free to do whatever they want throughout the day. It takes a deep trust from parents that their children will spend the time productively. “They will do what they need to do whether or not they enjoy it because they see the purpose in it,” said Phil Biegler, an unschooling parent.
Kids might play video games, watch television, or maybe even pick up a book. But how often do you think they’ll resort to the lattermost option?
I highly recommend checking out the video from ABC News. I still remain unconvinced that this is a good idea. Aside from all of the academic knowledge and studying skill set that school teaches you, it all encourages/forces students to learn things they don’t want to know. Because really, I think being able to function in the real world is mostly about doing things you don’t want to do.