By: Sam Niccum
What is Unschooling?
Pros of unschooling:
- Tests, quizzes, and grades don't cause extra stress.
- Students choose what they enjoy and want to learn about.
- Students have flexible schedules.
- Friends/acquaintances can be made outside of age group.
- Students can enjoy more time with their family at home.
Cons of unschooling:
- Friends and family may criticize for the "unreliable" form of teaching.
- Some students don't feel prepared for college.
- Students may have poor time-management skills.
- Students may feel isolated when they don't understand something.
- There's no grading system to understand how much the student has learned.
- Wanted or needed resources aren't always available.
Opportunities that come with unschooling:
- Unschoolers can get a job and work during school hours.
- Some companies sponsor trips for unschoolers.
- Co-op classes(Weekly classes that teach a specific subject.)
- Daytime activities that public schoolers can't do.
Things to know before unschooling:
- Parents need to be willing to spend time or money helping their child find the resources for what they're working on.
- It is helpful for parents to help their child set or reach goals that they have for learning.
- Parents need to understand the laws in their state for unschooling in their child. Different states have different levels of regulation.
Short & long effects of unschooling:
- The student's schedule will change.
- Social habits may change.(Students don't just socialize with their age groups and teachers.)
- The student's view on all schooling systems will change.
- The student may use the information/experience they gathered while unschooling to go on to their own career.
- Unschooling students must create a transcript for college.
- If the student chooses to go to college, they may start earlier.
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