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  • Unschooling is essentially the theory that children do not need teaching to learn the things they need to be successful in life. Consider researching "homeschooling" instead... which is merely teaching the same (sorts of) things as they teach in public school to your children at home. Homeschooling can have as broad a spectrum of success as public schooling, depending on the child, the parent, the relationship and the school.
  • Do you mean Homeschooling ??? It can be very good for some kids in the right enviroment.. other it may not be. Remember that most people that home school their kids make sure that they still have structured interaction with other kids. Please do some research on the process.
  • Unschooling, sometimes confused with homeschooling, is essentially the process of letting a child see to their own education by providing them opportunities to learn through independant research and experience. I myself was unschooled for most of my pre-highschool years, and although it worked well enough for me, there are a few things I can tell you from experience which you should keep in mind: 1- It depends almost entirely upon the student's attitude towards learning. I would *Not* reccomend unschooling for a child who's been in public school before, especially if they've had a bad experience there. Much of the problem with how mass schooling tends to work is that it makes kids see learning as "Work". Unschooling can work very well for some because it capitalizes on the student's natural desire to learn, but a child who's already been indoctrinated with that "Learning is Hard" attitude will probably not adapt well to studying solo. 2- If you want to unschool, it's *Very* important that you be highly committed, and preferable that you have enough money for your child to have all the materials they need, and to get out and do stuff with some of their days. When I was unschooled, my family was desperately poor and working, so I wound up spending most days at home, doing all my studying from books and the internet. And let me tell you, that was one hell of a challenge.
  • You need to do what's best for you and your daughter. My son is ADHD, so unschooling is the best thing for us. Instead of making him learn something, he comes to me asking me questions about what he wants to learn. So we learn about it, read it in books, or online.
  • Child led learning, or unschooling, is a big challenge, yes. It is only that because you're actually helping the child learn, or the child is actually doing all the learning, rather than sending the child off for someone else to mold. Unschooling is actually an educational lifestyle of NOT schooling your child. It is a lifestyle that teaches that public school are not the only one with resources to learn from, since they tend to give the impression that they monopolize any chances of "education". John Holt defines unschooling thus: "a specific type of interest based education in which the parents do not authoritatively direct the child's education, but instead aid the child in exploring his or her interests." I'm not sure what exactly your issues are with public school and what you want for your daughter to know if it's right for her. You could essentially leave it up to her and see what she needs. Does she need one-on-one? Does she need more interaction with other people of any age to learn socialization? Are you willing to document everything she's learned (you can use grocery shopping, i.e. adding up costs, for mathematical section, and such other activities) for the school board? Would you rather she followed her interests and use her brain to learn, than to be compulsively spoon-fed information? Do you think it's best that she learn at her own pace, since every child has a varied pace of learning? Consider googling these following people who made a great impact on unschooling: Grace Llewellyn, John Taylor Gatto, John Holt, and Sandra Dodd. Wikipedia has a really good article on unschooling that addresses a lot of the issues people have with unschooling and public schooling.

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