Some bad ideas you see coming a mile away….
Generally speaking, most home-schoolers follow a traditional curriculum of math, science and social studies.
Much of their education is guided by textbooks and scheduled lesson plans.
Flip that whole notion over, and you have unschooling.
If unschoolers wake up one morning with an interest in horse training, salamanders or ancient Chinese dynasties, that is what they study. Their sources could be the Internet, museums, farms, library books, movies or professionals in their field of interest.
Another definition for this is goofing off. I mean I can see the lure of just letting the kids do whatever, but it seems to me that telling kids to do whatever really teaches them to do one thing and that’s become a bum or aspire to be like Caine from “Kung Fu“.
Seriously, it totally sounds like these kids are being trained to be pot smokers. “Mom, I got an idea. Let’s go grab, like, an ounce of great bud, climb to third Flatiron, and watch the sun set.
Well Son, that sounds so cool…and this nothing bad could ever happen.”
But hey, Boulder never has too many Rainbow Children banging drums on the Pearl Street mall, bumming change and sleeping in the bushes.
2 responses to “Teach your children…well”
The majority of home schooled kids I have encountered tend to be the fundamentalist-religious type…
Far scarier that potential stoners…
Fundamentalist religious types? Scary? Alright.
In general many home schoolers are Christian, for a lot of reasons. They don’t want public schools teaching their versions of morality and tolerance. It is a respectable motive. Additionally, many districts have failed in providing their students with a quality education. If you watch events such as the National Spelling Bee, the kids who win those are usually home schooled. The individuals who I know who have chosen this route have quite intelligent children.
If you look at historical education, it occurred at home as well. Public education is a relatively new system.
But taking all that into consideration, the biggest issue I’ve seen is the inability for home school children to function in normal society. They are suddenly thrust into situation they are not familiar with and are incapable of handling in a responsible manner.
That said, I agree with your premise Darren. I do however, take great offense at the lack of tolerance Ms. Monster exudes.