A few of the cons about unschooling that should be considered.
|Scooped by Victoria Bellmay|
The purpose of this Yahoo! Voices article about unschooling is to illustrate the cons of sending your child to an unschooling institution. When researching this perspective about unschooling, I liked this particular content piece because it was written by someone who is actually an advocate for unschooling. I found that for this particular Content Curation, many people have very strong opinions about one perspective about schooling and are not open to listening about what the other side has to say. This article serves as the devil's advocate to unschooling: it was written by someone who favors it but attempts to look at through an objective lens. The author brings up a handful of points for people to consider about unschooling, and many of them relate to what other people will think of you when you decide to send your child to a school. However, if someone is looking out for what they believe is the best for the child, wouldn't they just disregard what those people have to say and do what you want anyway? The one point that the author does bring up that I completely agree with is that "no testing and no grading system can make learning hard to measure." Although I don't always agree with having an intense grading system, I do think that there must be some sort of way to track how a child is doing and how they are progressing. This opinion article says that one way to battle this is to talk to your child when they come home and have discussions about what they learned throughout the day. I think it will be helpful for students to do this, but I question how parents will be able to measure how their child is doing in school if he or she does not like to have an open discussion about what they did that day. If the child does not feel comfortable having 100% open communication with the parents, I do not believe that unschooling will be successful for a child. After researching both perspectives regarding unschooling, I strongly believe that unschooling is an appropriate alternative to traditional schooling...but only for a child with the right type of personality. If the child is a mature, focused, social, curious, and an open communicator, then I really feel as though unschooling could be the best option for him or her.