Goodbye, Homeschooling; Hello, Unschooling

Via Womans Day, again based on the ABC report.

Out of 56 million school-age children, 1.5 million are homeschooled and at least 100,000 are believed to be unschooled. According to ABC News, unschooling is an “unorthodox approach to homeschooling that does not focus on formal classes, set curriculum or tests.” In other words, it’s a homeschooling system that lets kids choose their own interests; if they want to know something, they’ll figure it out for themselves.

The radical method of school and parenting is expectedly controversial; when the story broke on ABC yesterday, their message boards lit up with comments from concerned viewers. But the educational movement, if you will, is an acknowledged practice. (Homeschooling rules vary from state to state; in Massachusetts, unschooling parents are required to report to local school authorities once a year.)
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