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Toppling The Myths of Unschooling

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You need to be a teacher
No! In fact you do not need any teaching qualifications whatsoever to home school. Having been present in the classrooms of some teachers it's possible to argue that even teachers don't need teaching degrees! What gives parents the edge on teachers is that no one is as dedicated to seeing their children succeed as a parent.

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My child is not interested in learning
All living things are driven to learn, it is fundamental to survival. Who cares if your child isn't interested in calculus (I don't even know what it is) who cares if your kids donít want to read Shakespeare, itís not remotely relevant to a modern lifestyle. Let your child follow their own interest! If they're interested in cars, they might be a mechanic, if they're interested in animals they might be a vet, if they're interested in reading they might be a writer, if they like fashion they might design clothing or fabric etc etc. Do not give credit to any curriculum that was not designed by your child because children will only truly absorb that which interests them.

A child can not learn to read without being taught
Actually a child can learn to read independent of structured lessons. A child who lives in a society where so much revolves around literacy will naturally want to to read and will ask the questions they need to ask in order to learn. In the very very rare event (there are no documented cases of unschooled children not learning to read, however there are plenty documented cases of schooled children not learning to read) that your child does not self learn literacy, adult literacy classes take thirty hours to teach the skills needed in order to read successfully.

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Without discipline a child will never succeed in the REAL world
Discipline comes from within, it can not genuinely be enforced. It is not self discipline that makes a person keen to be employed full time, it is a basic need to earn money in order to survive in our currency based society. Yes, many people skive off work but the overwhelming majority of them were schooled, the vast majority of society in general, is schooled. A recent study of nearly 6000 home schooled and unschooled children found that only one of them was receiving a social security payment, and that child was receiving a disability pension because he was in a car crash. And just one more nail in the coffin of this REAL world myth; school is NOT THE REAL WORLD! There are absolutely no similarities between school and real life.

School socialises children
The definition of socialisation in the Cambridge dictionary is "to train people or animals to behave in a way that others in the group think is suitable". Animals hey? Nice! However that's not what people mean, they usually mean that children will be lonely and have no friends, and that couldn't be further from the truth! Home school groups meet right across Australia. They go on camping trips, excursions to the museum, beach, zoo or anywhere else you might see a normal school outing, they have formal dances, work experience, and they meet just to play all the time. Unschooled children are very social! Children are innately social, they don't need to be taught how to behave in social settings they are driven to fit in, it's an innate human.

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Unschooled children can't go to university
Unschooled children can enter university in several ways. They can enter by taking an entrance exam like an overseas student would, as a mature age student, or they can actually complete their final years of schooling via a distance education source, and sit exams with all the other children.

They wonít learn the same things as all the other kids
No. They wonít! And the children in other countries, other states, and even just another school in the next suburb wonít learn exactly the same stuff. Unschooling is an advantage because children donít fill their head with useless stuff that they forget as soon as the end of year testing is over, they learn things they are really interested in and retain most of the information. If all the children left school and all entered the same occupation then it would be important for them to all
learn the same stuff, but school leavers will do everything, from entering university to study more, to traveling, working in a factory, starting a family and so many other things. What children need to learn is life skills, not trivial facts.

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Some very shallow stuff here. Calculus and Shakespeare may not be at all relevant for your chosen vocation, but merely knowing they exist will open the door to the richness of our civilisation; will make sense of countless allusions in literature, movies, and even The Simpsons; and give some context for where we all are today. Anyway, if you are going to be a vet, you have to do maths, physics and chemistry at uni. So you don't even know what calculus is. Congratulations.
Given that my unschooled teenager is starting animal science at university in a mere 12 days, I think you'll find that YOU are wrong. Congratulations!
by meggf
PS. No one watches the Simpsons anymore. It's a shame, but it's also the truth.
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Animal Science is not Vet.
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