Dr. Phil’s show put up a poll:
Which style of schooling do you think is best?
You, too, can vote.
(Daryl had it first:Â Freep this poll)
Daryl also linked to an article about unschooling:
The New York Times (via the International Herald Tribune), New York, New York, 26 November 2006, In extreme form of home schooling, kids call the shots
As the number of children who are home-schooled grows – an estimated 1.1 million across the United States – some parents like Walter are opting for what is perhaps the most extreme application of the movement’s ideas. They are “unschooling” their children, a philosophy that is broadly defined by its rejection of the basic foundations of conventional education, including not only the schoolhouse but also classes, curriculums and textbooks.
In its modern U.S. incarnation it is among the oldest home-schooling methods. But it is also the most elusive, a cause of growing concern among some education officials and social scientists.
“It is not clear to me how they will transition to a structured world and meet the most basic requirements for reading, writing and math,” said Luis Huerta, a professor of public policy and education at Teacher’s College of Columbia University in New York, whose national research includes a focus on home schooling.
They’ll do it just like kids from other educational paths.
Over Thanksgiving my sister told me that her publicly-schooled son who is now a college freshman, observed (after his always-unschooled sister wasÂ told :::again::: by non-family members about how college was going to be a shock to her) that college was a shock for public school grads, too.Â Any change is a shock.Â Not all the people who find their college freshman year difficult are homeschoolers.