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From: kz (96.32.1.189)
Subject:         Re: My 21 yo was unschooled(long)
Date: April 20, 2010 at 1:29 am PST

In Reply to: My 21 yo was unschooled(long) posted by C in KS on March 23, 2009 at 9:12 am:

I would like to start off by saying that this post is not meant to offend anyone because I believe that everyone has the right to there own opinion.

With that being said do you really believe that unschooling is a good idea. I spent ten years at private school and 1 at a small public school. although I believe that public school can be counter productive at times and even private schools have some short comings there are some things that children need to be able to experiment with. for example my favorite thing to do is coxswain for a crew boat and I would never have learned that if my friends hadn't all joined the crew team and pressured me to join to. At first I didn't like it but after a week or so of persistence I started to really love it and I am great at it. although pressure can be a very bad thing without pressure there is no reason for any thing to get done and that isn't a healthy way to grow up.Aside from proper social pressures children need to learn social skills that they can't pick up on their own. They need to make stupid choices and feel embarrassed and break their ankle and learn about things that they won't be able to learn about by exploring the world around them. they need to learn what is wierd and what is disapproved of and what people socially accept as much as I would like to say that what everyone else thinks doesn't matter it is simply untrue what people think of you is very important in any professional situation. no one will hire a CEO of a major corporation if they don't properly introduce themselves or pick up on simple social cues. There needs to be boundries although unschooling has alot of good things for children it isn't enough to teach a child in order for he or she to become completely confident in things that they need. a traditional school will give children the ability to experiment with alot of things they're interested in but at the same time give tham the tools they will need to continue on in it. For example I love writing plays but if I hadn't been forced to read plays like Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet then I wouldn't know about proper structure of a play or what subtext is because god knows there is no way I would've read those plays if my 7th grade teacher didn't have the power to fail me. My point is that you need to be strict on your child at times but not take over their lives you need to keep them on the right track but let them worry about what they want to do with their lives. But if you give the child the opprotunity to watch television all day that is precisely what they are going to do. Once again I would like to say that I mean no offence with this post


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