Unschooling, by contrast, starts with the realization that you 'own' your time, and have the opportunity and responsibility to use it in ways that are meaningful and stimulating for you. When you have this opportunity, you just naturally learn a great deal, about things you care about, things that will inevitably be useful to you in making a life and a living. Your learning environment is the whole world, and you learn what and when you want, undirected by curricula, textbooks, alarm clocks and school bells. You develop deep peer relationships around areas of common interest, once you're allowed to explore and discover what those areas of interest are. And the Internet and online gaming allow you to make those relationships anywhere in the world, to draw on the brightest experts on the planet, and to communicate powerfully with like-minded, curious people of every age, culture and ideology.Once again, fellow netizens, do you SEE?
A child is being asked to disregard how the world works, to totally disregard patterns of authority, and to be a narcissist.
And I'm no fan of rote learning, but this is a solution worse than the problem.
The author just doesn't get it.
If every child was unschooled -- given the chance to explore and discover and learn in the real world what they love to do, what they're uniquely good at doing, and what the world needs that they care about -- then we would have a world of self-confident, creative, informed, empowered, networked entrepreneurs doing work that needs to be done, successfully. We would have armies of people collaborating to solve the problems and crises facing our world, instead of going home exhausted at the end of the day seeking escape, feeling helpless to do anything that is meaningful to them or to the world.First you take away their anchors and make them autonomous, then you hope that they will live far more meaningful lives.
I had a suspicion that the writer would want the children to have his meanings instead of traditional meanings, that the writer wasn't being upfront about it. And moreover, the writer was probably financially benefiting from such feel-good writing.
Some further research brought the following gems:
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