What is unschooling? Is it another form of education, of homeschooling?
To a certain extent, one could say that our family is a family of unschoolers. Especially if one uses the quote below from educator John Holt, to describe our unschooly homeshool.
However, I do hate labels – we never quite fit the parameter of any one particular box, be it the unschool box, the homeschool box, the Catholic box… I suspect this is true for most.
The quote ~
Any child who can spend an hour or two a day, or more if he wants, with adults that he likes, who are interested in the world and like to talk about it, will on most days learn far more from their talk than he would learn in a week of school. ~John Holt
This quote describes part of our homeschooling life and our philosophy of homeschooling.
So, what is education?
A poster at the 4 real board posted a link to this article ~ What Does It Mean to be Well Educated?
This article makes me cringe .The example used by the author – his wife – is the example that causes me to grimace. The author points out that his wife does not know literature, for example, but is a deep thinker, a physician, well educated, etc. I am sure she is all these things.
In part, that is why I like unschooling – it tends to encourage and feed this thirst for self learning.
I like this essay ~ C. S. Lewis on a Liberal Arts Education.
Lewis describes a liberal arts education as an education that makes one free. Free from the slavery of appetite and free to choose to be self disciplined. To learn from the past, to think , to fulfill one’s humanity, to become a better person and a better citizen.