he is taught in school and most adults are
Myth 6: Unschoolers don’t use
do these things might not be the expect-
rather wait until the child asks to learn
and shows readiness or demonstrates
the need. Parents allow their children to
or fast that may be.
Unschoolers do not absorb knowledge
Myth 7: Unschooled kids can’t go
through osmosis; they use some of the
same resources that other homeschool-
ers use. They use online classes and
community classes; they use videos,
books, kits, and yes, sometimes text-
books. The key point with unschoolers
they are used. Two students may be us-
but the unschooler will be using it be-
else is making him do it.
advantage of what their communities
have to offer and do many of the same
things that other homeschoolers do,
including taking courses at community
choose classes based on fear of whether
about what interests them, and trust
able to attend. The fact that they choose
how they learn it, has no bearing on
whether or not they can attend college.
In fact, many colleges are very interested in what unschoolers have to offer
and the student usually has enough class
experience to prove that she will be successful at a university.
In general, Christian unschoolers
honor the fact that God made human
and that people want to understand and
influence the world. Parents encourage
control the process as only the Lord is
in control. Unschooling can be a joyous
healing experience. It might just be the
answer to your prayers.
Julie has been homeschooling her four
children for eleven years. She is the author
of Finding Joy: A Christian’s Journey to an
Unschooled Life, which is available in most
online bookstores. She teaches high school
botany on Schoolhouse Teachers.com and
is currently working on her second book,
The Purpose of Plants.
Unschooling can be a joyous healing experience.
It might just be the answer to your prayers.