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March 05, 2007


Scott Hughes

"Who guarantees that parents who homeschool have what it takes to teach their children?"

I trust the parents more than the government? Who decides that the government/public-school has what it takes to teach other people's children?


Debra Cross

In my opinion testing is not a true and accurate way of knowing that the child has
learned anything. It only test's him on
what information he has memorized. Then the
info. is forgotten. I passed many test's
when in public school but forgot thing's
later on. My son who unschool's has no test's and his passion for human body is

When he was 4 we made a diagram of the
tongue and the taste bud's, he still
remember's it to this day. He asked to
learn this and has never forgot it.

We are doing it again at age 7 because
his intrest in the human body is again
coming up. It was also squashed because
I insisted on curriculum and I tried to
teach him other stuff. He does not
remember what I taught him. In the few
short month's we have re-discovered the
unschooling again, he remember's more
about the Human Body then they would cover
at what ever age in school.

If I had never allowed this, he would have
been miserable and unhappy. Now he is
passionate about all learning once again.

After this experience I say what was
wrong with the Human Body that it could
not be studied. He had a whole plan for
his Science studies, that I was impressed.
They were far better than the curriculum that I was trying to use.

Think outside the box and it is okay.
Never test and they will learn
This is unschooling.

Debra Cross

When a parent does not have the knowledge to
teach them something, we find the knowledge
with our children, if they are younger or
older. The beauty is that give's parent's
knowledge as well. We learn with our children. I love that I have learned more
about the Human Body then I ever would have
through my son.

In the same way a teacher would have to learn some thing's in this situation. Suppose a child in their class had a question and the teacher did not know the
answer. It is the same thing. They get back
to the child. What then does the teacher
do. They research and find the answer.

Wether a teacher or parent no-one has all the answer's and that is the unschooling in it's greatest form. I enjoy the opportunity
to see what is out there to learn each day.
My kid's learn and so do it. Ten year's
from now, I will know a wealth of info.

I already have a wealth of info. in the
year's of homeschooling, that I never
would have learned in school in 18 year's.

When you open up a world of learning and
think outside the box it is not wrong.
It is different. I like that my kid's
will learn anything and everything they
want and will know how to learn, not be told
to learn.

Debra Cross

These are just my opinion's as a unschooler.
This is what I have learned in my journey.

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