Unschooling continues to have ‘its recent’ higher-than-it-used-to profile in the news. First, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, we have an article from the Feb. 26, 2007, Sun-Herald, which focuses on the Morris family and how they decided to unschool. The article, Unschooling: Unconventional Teaching Approach Gaining Popularity by Carolyn Norton also features comments by Shana Roynane Hickman of Live Free Learn Free magazine. Norton also interviewed the director of admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, from whom we learn that the selective university accepted 25 students out of 86 homeschooled applicants last year.
In another story, KUSA TV9 in Colorado has a Feb. 27, 2007 story by Nelson Garcia,Unschooling Method Grows In Popularity (is there an echo in here?), which features both an unschooling family and a school-at-home family. The mom that uses a structured approach comments about unschooling
“The kids run the parents and to me that’s just unacceptable,” Terri said. “When the mom says to Johnny,
“What do you want to learn today?”and Johnny says, “Nothing,”you know, okay, so what happens today?”
The reporter uses a “wife-swap” type approach for the story, which takes care of airing the standard stereotypes of unschooling — Curriculum Mom expresses every usual doubt and misunderstanding of child-led learning while Unschooling Mom gamely explains how it really works.
As a side note, the surely unbiased reporter uses a truly value-neutral word (that was sarcasm if you missed it) and pronounces Colorado homeschool law “lenient:”
Basically, the government views them (homeschooled families) as small private schools so they are not regulated, making unschooling or child-led learning legal.
Yep. Homeschooling is legal. And an excellent way to educate your kids.
posted by Jeanne Faulconer