Unschooling is far more than a fad. It is a way of life, and a legacy for more-than-most-will-ever-know in these new generations. It is part of the Aquarian Age, and maybe some peaked during the hippie years, but it is still more than valid. Harvard has recruited homeschoolers who “think outside the box” for just this reason – unschooling, or self-directed learning, is the most valid, proven way to excel intellectually than any other method. From B.F Skinner and John Holt’s extensively documented philosophies of education to nuances ofthe more well-know Montessori approach, or the original Summerhill School in England, this method of acknowledging the unfolding of a child, and letting him/her find their own way is tried and true.
The system wants to drive those square pegs into the round holes, and will never go back to the old days when a gifted teacher could help a student along without impairing them with labels, mandates, required curriculums, budgets and pressures to change into the good little unquestioning tax-payers every local school board seems to prefer. None knows a child better than a loving parent, and the educated parent who can unschool is a far better teacher than any product of a system of higher education limited by corporate subsidies and group-think.
The innovative parents who are making this effort and sacrifice of time and money to unschool their children are the most dedicated and conscientious of contemporary parents. Often, it is a labor of love and idealism, sometimes due to necessity from occupational moves or from children slipping between the cracks of a system that cannot handle alternative thinkers, lifestyles or the gifted-learning-differences, especially in the smaller towns or districts.
There are no tax-breaks for the parents who unschool or homeschool – it is a huge commitment of time and resources, but obviously, it is still a growing movement. One must think about why this is happening. Yes, the obvious answer is that the system is not working for everyone- and in growing numbers. The world needs solutions fast, and the more options, the better . If unschooling can produce more unique and innovative thinkers, we may have a chance to survive in this world. It is a legacy, indeed. Einstein, Churchill, et al are examples of this lineage.
Just a few years ago, Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. With the internet, co-ops, far-thinking parents and the increasing numbers of highly intelligent homeschooling, unschooling, parents, education is being re-defined. Unschooling is the way of the future, and, perhaps, it will save the world.