Unschooling: Controversial home-taught approach lets kids take the lead in learning
It‚Äôs a Monday afternoon in Mar Vista, Calif., and while other 9-year-olds might be fidgeting at their desks, Isobel Dowdee has played all morning and is now joining her mother and two sisters on a big blanket in their front yard.
Mom, Heather Cushman-Dowdee, keeps the younger girls, Fiona, 5, and Gwyneth, 2, busy drawing pictures. For Isobel, she‚Äôs made a large grid with numbers down the side and across the top so her daughter can fill in the multiplication answers. Not that Cushman-Dowdee cares if Isobel does the chart. It‚Äôs just that the girl actually wants to do it. Occasionally they play math games or sing counting songs.
For the past three weeks this has been the ritual ‚ÄĒ Math Mondays they‚Äôve taken to calling it. Yet Cushman-Dowdee bristles at the idea that this is any kind of mathematics class. That‚Äôs absolutely against what she and her husband, Kevin Dowdee, believe in....
Apparently, Mike, read the article that that idea came from!
Diana Stone wrote: I firmly believe that religion in general (except for historical facts and data) has absolutely no business in our school system. Why? Because not everyone believes the same thing as me, you, or the person next door. It‚Äôs not right, fair, or constitutional to impose ANY kind of religion on children in a public setting with their parents not there to ask questions to or discuss with.
‚ÄúBut this is America!‚ÄĚ you might say. ‚ÄúMy child has a right to pray!‚ÄĚ
I‚Äôm not arguing that. If your child wants to say a prayer in their desk before school or lunch, they should be able to do so. Any kind of prayer in any kind of faith. But for a teacher to have children do it together? For a child who is raised in a home with an entirely different faith to be faced with being ‚Äúwrong‚ÄĚ each day at school? No. No, no, no. I have never understood this line of thinking.
excerpt from [URL=http://www.babble.com/kid/we-homeschool-because-religion-doesnt-belong-in-public-schools/]]]We Homeschool Because Religion Doesn't Belong in Public Schools[/URL]
Mike, you might have liked the article if you have read it.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Home schooling has more of reasons to exist then just religious ones. Parents should be making sure their children are getting proper religious attitudes no matter what type of school. They are going to. This religious mother doesn't think that religion belongs in public school, www.babble.com/kid/we-homeschool-because-religion-doesnt-belong-in-public-schools/ We homeschool because religion doesn't belong in public schools! apparently her husband was in the military, and she pointed out a very good reason for home schooling is to have a consistent curriculum. ---.
Religion doesn't belong in schools? To begin with Jim, the Christian faith isn't a religion. Religions are man-made ways to "get to God." But for the sake of those like yourself who think it is, apparently you say there are certain gates of hell that should prevail against the Church. Which side of history and prophecy are you on?
ps, babble.com is a well chosen website name in this case.
[URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=31215110048542]]]Islamic Indoctrination if Public Schools-Dakdok:SA[/URL]
Usama began by noting how many Americans are claiming that ISIS is radical and evil while at the same time teaching the slogan on the black ISIS flag to students. This slogan is the first of the five pillars of Islam called the Shahada. It says, 'There is no god but Allah, Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.'
Home schooling has more of reasons to exist then just religious ones. Parents should be making sure their children are getting proper religious attitudes no matter what type of school. They are going to. This religious mother doesn't think that religion belongs in public school, [URL=http://www.babble.com/kid/we-homeschool-because-religion-doesnt-belong-in-public-schools/]]] We homeschool because religion doesn't belong in public schools![/URL] apparently her husband was in the military, and she pointed out a very good reason for home schooling is to have a consistent curriculum. Even atheists are homeschooled, q.v., [URL=https://norighttobelieve.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/the-education-of-john-stuart-mill/]]]The education of John Stuart Mill[/URL]
In any event, if people have smart kids, unfortunately smart kids are the exception rather than rule, they get great benefit from home schooling, e.g., [URL=http://www.today.com/parents/meet-brainy-bunch-family-7-kids-college-age-12-2D79669284]]]Meet the 'Brainy Bunch,' family with 7 kids in college by age 12[/URL] So, [URL=http://dianeravitch.net/2013/02/08/why-public-schools-matter-for-our-democracy/]]] Why we need public schools![/URL] the article is ok but read the comments which are better.
7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child‚Äôs Potential by Zan Tyler The Harsh Truth About Public Schools by Bruce N. Shortt
Home Schooling: The Little Book of Big Reasons to Homeschool (and Bible Study Guide) by David and Kim d‚ÄôEscoto Homeschooling for Eternity by Skeet Savage
The Classical Approach: The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers (www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html) Classical Education by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. and Andrew Kern
The Living Books Approach: You Can Teach Your Child Successfully by Ruth Beechick Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Clay & Sally Clarkson
The Unit Studies/Topical Studies Approach: Everything You Need to Know About Unit Studies by Jennifer Steward What Your Child Needs To Know When: An Evaluation Check List of Grades K-8 by Robin Scarlata
The Relaxed Home Schooler Approach: Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child‚Äôs Classroom by Mary Griffith Christian Unschooling: Growing Your Children in the Freedom of Christ by Terri J. Brown
[URL=http://exodusmandate.org/home-schooling/home-school-reading-list]]]Lots of helpful books Here too[/URL]
And remind yourself that when you stand before Almighty God He is not going to care one iota whether your children were maths geniuses, were well versed in all the classics or were up to date with information technology.
Rather that you bought them up to fear and love God. That you taught them His attributes and how that they are sinners who desperately need the Lord Jesus Christ. And you taught them the snares of satan which we are surrounded by in every single aspect of our culture. To be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.
Teaching them to be literate and having numeracy skills is important but it's easy to get too carried away with sourcing the best curriculum and the latest teaching methods. This life is temporary, we are pilgrims passing through. In the end your children's future career will not be the be all and end all. God is eternal, knowing about Him trumps anything else that you could possibly teach your children.
This is an interesting short piece on a testing program that was tied to the "No Child Left Behind" program, one of the Bushes' programs. It should be rather interesting, [URL=http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/opinion/course-correction-for-school-testing.html]]]Course Correction for School Testing[/URL].
I assume home schoolers will be testing their children to make sure that they are living up to their parents' standards and our keeping up academically with the secular world.
This is what Common Core is supposed to correct. [URL=http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/a-guide-to-common-core]]]A Guide to Common Core[/URL].
it is American industries and companies that are pushing common core because they can't use ignorant workers. They may even start testing college graduates themselves to make sure they actually learning something while they were going there.
Homeschooling may be closer to this than what many think. Who is there to make sure those kids are learning anything anyway? The same can be said of govt-run schools that our taxes pay for--who knows what they are doing with the kids? Many school districts in the USA have big expenditures but produce little results--Washington DC's school system is one of the most expensive but least performing. Beyond this is the Big Question of What are the kids being educated for--to get minimum wage jobs flipping hamburgers, working as cashiers, etc? No wonder some think that raising the minimum wage is the solution; they must think that minimum wage is the highest spot people can aspire to. One thing is sure: the rest of the world is filled with kids studying hard to get the best grades on those standardized tests, to get into US universities on scholarships, to then get the best jobs out there. These 'unschooled' kids may be comfortable, full of self-esteem, well-adjusted socially, not offending anyone, perfectly politically-correct in their speech and thought patterns, but they will not get the jobs that the 'best and the brightest' are competing for.
Neil, also brought up a good point about what "Pelagianism" might mean. For some of you who don't know or have forgotten, the information that follows could be helpful.
Jeremiah 17:5¬†Thus says the Lord: ‚ÄúCursed is the man who trusts in man ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†and makes flesh his strength, ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†whose heart turns away from the Lord.---ESV
Michael S. Horton wrote: Anything that falls short of acknowledging original sin, the bondage of the will, and the need for grace to even accept the gift of eternal life, much less to pursue righteousness, is considered by the whole church to be heresy. The heresy described here is called "Pelagianism."
Every dark age in church history was due to the creeping influence of the human-centered gospel of "pulling oneself up by the bootstraps." Whenever God is seen as the sole author and finisher of salvation, there is health and vitality;. To the degree that human beings are seen as agents of their own salvation, the church loses its power,
excerpt from, [URL=https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/pelagiannatural.html]]] Pelagianism: The Religion of Natural Man [/URL]
Neil wrote: I knew that Holt Associates would be mentioned - John Holt was the instigator of the "unschooling" movement in the '60s. Problem with it is, it assumes that children, left to their own devices, know what's best for them, which is a tacit denial (per Pelagius) of Original Sin, contra Prov. 22:15 and elsewhere. This is not to deny that flexibility is a good thing, since we are unique creations of God, but it should be in the context of a vision, a plan, for one's children.
Neil, I just read about this idea, and I do like your answer quite a bit. After all these years it is still around. I saw an article about it in the Smithsonian, just recently, and then I decide to look it up and I found one that had a few more details about this idea of letting the young heathen run around free. [URL=https://www.noodle.com/articles/how-is-unschooling-different-from-homeschooling]]]How Is Unschooling Different From Homeschooling?[/URL]
In some ways it reminds me of that movie, "Lord of the Flies.
I knew that Holt Associates would be mentioned - John Holt was the instigator of the "unschooling" movement in the '60s.
Problem with it is, it assumes that children, left to their own devices, know what's best for them, which is a tacit denial (per Pelagius) of Original Sin, contra Prov. 22:15 and elsewhere. This is not to deny that flexibility is a good thing, since we are unique creations of God, but it should be in the context of a vision, a plan, for one's children.