Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] the unschooling decision

From: David Rovner <rovners_at_netvision.net.il>
Date: Thu Sep 22 11:00:01 2005

No wonder Molly. That's the way it should be. The "natural way".

We are being hood winked by our leaders.

What can be done ?

Cheers,
~ David

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: JMMancasola_at_aol.com
  To: discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org
  Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 6:48 PM
  Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] the unschooling decision

  As an unschooling parent from California, I would like to let you know that there are more and more children who are not enrolling in schools of any kind, and the kids are living lives of freedom and taking full responsibility for their own choices.
  I have 5 children who during their "school" years, have done nothing that even remotely resembles school. In our family, we are each involved in our community in our own ways - not the "homeschooling community" but the real community in which we live. My kids follow their own passions and participate in activities throughout the community which support their interests and thirst for knowledge. Each kid is so different - one of them works with a wilderness group, another is part of an opera company. Some of them have participated in an improv theater group, rock bands, dance companies, orchestras, basketball teams. Some of them are interested in activism and work towards social/political change. They hike, they play, they care for animals, they cook, they build things, they do art, they make a lot of messes and are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. They are also responsible for raising the money to pay for the stuff they want to do including buying their own cars to get to where they want to go once they become teenagers.

  They each read whatever they choose to read, learn whatever they want to learn whenever they want to learn it, and have never had an assignment from their parents. None of them have ever asked to go to school - but three of them have chosen to take themselves out to the community college for classes during their supposed high school years.

  They have meaningful friendships and can hold their own in any social setting with any age groups. They are comfortable being in groups as well as comfortable being alone with themselves. We have a lovely closeness as a family and as my children become adults, I love seeing the creative ways they find to be together, and the ways they support one another.

  My eldest (age 20) is thriving in her third year as an English major at Stanford University. She got into all four of the selective universities to which she applied without a highschool diploma. My 18 year old will hopefully have the same results as she is currently applying to high quality performing art schools.

  Although we fit the description given to unschoolers, I have never liked to label what we do as unschooling because it uses two negative words to describe a very positive way of living.

  Molly Mancasola
Received on Thu Sep 22 2005 - 09:00:27 EDT

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