When I first heard of ‘unschooling’ I understood the term. I had no violent reaction to the idea, no swirling fear about those who follow the lifestyle. However, I still held onto the thought that, “Well, it wouldn’t really work for me because–“
Put a bunch of kids together, shut them in a room all day, and stuff the knowledge into their heads. Makes perfect sense!
We all know kids don’t like school to one degree or another. They don’t like how early it is, they hate the food, they don’t like being inside for so many hours… But some of the reasons kids hate school aren’t so obvious to them & the reasons they cite are deeper than they realize!
The classroom environment places intense value on peer-to-peer interaction.
You know how, when you were in school, you’d get in trouble for not following directions? That’s a dangerous pattern to set a child up to follow.