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Discussion forum for Unschooling set up - PeterT 06:53, 20 November 2006 (GMT)

I must admit I struggle to format discussions within these pages in WikiWorks (you will see that I've tried to edit this one to put in threads, but it doesn't work that well and is hard to implement if you are not familiar with the approach). So I have set up a board in the schome community forum for discussion of pages in WikiWorks - and have added a topic on Unschooling where we can move these discussions to if folk feel that is better ....

Unschooling: "the natural way to learn." mummypenny 19th Nov 06

I guess you could consider the "natural" way most children learn to do things before they start school, sitting up, crawling, language skills, eating, sleeping regular hours, toilet training, getting dressed, becoming more independent. These are all things which a child usually wants to learn quite naturally, and most parents can manage to "teach" their children these skills without a curriculum or regular progress testing. So it seems quite natural that parents could carry on using their child's natural learning ability throughout school years, therefore, any other method would be "unnatural".

The worrying trend for me is the amount of children who don't seem to learn these basic skills anymore, are parents losing the natural ability to "teach" their under 5's these basic life skills? Are we moving towards a society where even newborn babies are given a learning curriculum, target times to reach developmental milestones, and parents becoming ever more detached from their children, and lacking in the confidence to follow their natural parenting instincts, delegating their parenting to the state?--user:mummypenny

Mgaved 14:17, 19 November 2006 (GMT)

ooh, that's a bit controversial! I guess I am a bit concerned about the use of the term "natural" as if any other learning method is 'unnatural' ? Surely there can be more than one way to learn? --Mgaved 14:17, 19 November 2006 (GMT)

PeterT 06:53, 20 November 2006 (GMT)

I love a bit of controversy - so go for it mummypenny!

I'd like to move this conversation into the Unschooling topic in the forum - if that is Ok with you - if it is could you repost your comments (in order) in the unschooling topic? OR I could just respond in the unschooling topic, quoting from what you have both said in here .....