Tuesday, August 30, 2011

'Unschooling' Gaining Popularity, Allows Children Alternative Learning Tools

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Leanne Italie
Associated Press

-- School's never out for 14-year-old Zoe Bentley. Nor is it ever in.

The perky teen from Tucson, Ariz., explores what she likes, when she likes as deeply as she chooses every day of the year. As an "unschooler," Zoe is untethered from the demands of traditional, compulsory education.

That means, at the moment, she's checking out the redwoods of California with her family, tinkering with her website and looking forward to making her next video on her favorite subject, exogeology, the study of geology on other planets.

"I love seeing the history of an area," Zoe said. "Maybe a volcano erupted and grew taller over time, or wind eroded rock into sand dunes, or a meteor hit the ground and made a crater. Finding out how these and other formations formed is something I just really like."

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9 comments:

apeman2502 said...

There are a million ways to raise a clueless lazy-ass stay-at-home and watch TV and home schooling is one of them that adds arrogance and introversion. Find a good school if your local public school is full of yard apes. Kids need to get out there and learn about others. The resources available to cultivate interests go far beyond a key board and internet.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that future employers will take her "unschool" university education very seriously.I know my self directed learning has really been taken into account by employers who want to see my university degree .
I think the modern education system produces morons with useless, toilet paper degrees,but nonetheless,thats what employers want.
C'est la vie.

Anonymous said...

You mean resources like museums, zoos, botanical gardens, historical buildings and neighborhoods, theaters, libraries AND the internet.. Those cannot possibly be used as alternative resources, that would be ridiculous..

But sure, find a good school to which you can't send your child because it's not within your district and you MUST, by law, send your child to a school in the district in which you live..

And you sir, are a moron..

nonastronaut said...

I never had time to start thinking for myself until I got out of college, and the miseducational establishment probably likes it that way. There are a multitude of aspects to a proper education (which is why a good education is the domain of smart professionals), and they've sabotaged all of them. Even math and science, which you would think are uncorruptable, have been corrupted in order to prevent them from exercising our minds and orienting us to reality, as their real counterparts would. Ultimately, Big Brother hopes to drive our minds out of us, and replace them with artificial ones that will allow us to function well enough to serve as slaves.

Anonymous said...

Mr Apeman,

I currently am in my 8th year of homeschooling. My youngest is 12 and doing 9th grade Algebra, Reading, Writing, Social Studies and 8th grade Science. When she is 17 she will have graduated from HS with an AA degree and most likely a 3rd year of college credits. In addition she will have had experiences few children ever have, as they are stuck in a classroom and given mindless busywork.

Anonymous said...

Most folks that get homeschooled or unschooled ALSO become the best producers of the world called ENTREPRENEURS. When one isn't indoctrinated by "public education", they understand the futility of working for others. Those that think unschooling is bad compared to government schooling is either ill informed or pushing a statist agenda.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to her and I hope she serves as an example to break out of the bogus educational system we have.
Stay out of the public school and off the pole : )

Anonymous said...

I loved learning at school but teachers very often got frustrated with someone and haven't finish the lesson, and I missed out a lot. Exams where a unnecessary torture to me. Some students can memorize everything but not understand what they are talking about and get better grades than me. It is unfair system and there should be more options for different talents kids have.

Anonymous said...

Degrees will not help you get a job. I have never once been asked to show a copy of my degree. I have never been asked my GPA. In fact, looking back, I learned everything that most benefitted me in Junior High School. High School was a complete waste of time, College was even more of a waste of time, and I did not learn anything new until I got to Law School. My kids are young, and I have decided to home school them until they reach the age of 16, at which point they can enter University and go from there. Putting kids in front of the TV under any circumstances is like poisoning your kids - On the other hand, the internet, with the proper supervision is a fantastic resource.

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