Unschooling: A Better Learning Model, or…

Unschooling: A Better Learning Model, or…

…An Excuse For Indulgence? A Wall Street Journal Blog asked that question, not me. The writer is more asking for input than proposing an answer. Maybe you can help him out with some polite comments.

This morning, our nearly 4-year-old son starts his first full week of pre-kindergarten (he had two introductory sessions last week, of an hour each). He’s got two years of nursery school under his belt already, so he’s an old hand at group learning environments. His sister, almost 7 and in second grade at the same school, had a similar early-education history. It’s safe to say my wife and I considered keeping them out of school about as much as we considered not feeding and clothing them.

Joanne Rendell, a New York City novelist and mother of a near-5-year-old, is taking a very different approach. She wrote last week on the Babble parenting site about a philosophy she and some other parents are adhering to: unschooling. Ms. Rendell’s son, Benny, by age would be starting Read more…

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