Is unschooling better than homeschool? Than school?
Yes. For us. For some families. But not for others. For some families unschooling would be a very bad idea. Each family needs to find their own path.
Certain things are required of any path taken in life. In order to send your children to school a certain level of organization is required. A commitment to waking up at the same time most days, and going to bed at the same time. in order to school a family needs to follow certain rules. In order to homeschool at least one parent needs to commit a large portion of time to education. For some homeschoolers a commitmentto sitting down and teaching is also needed.
An unschooling family allows freedoms to everyone – including themselves.
For many people, me, that’s not as easy as it sounds. I have times when I need a lot of control in my life. In order to unschool at all I need to give myself the freedom to allow others to take control. Some days I succeed better than others. Though I know I succeed better at unschooling than I would sending our children to school.
Over the past four and a half years I’ve discovered that if I need the girls to hurry, they go slower. If I want them to keep their voices quiet, they yell loudly. If I need them to be awake at seven, they sleep until I have to carry them to the van. And then they fight tooth and nail to stay home. Some days I maintain a level head and everyone comes out of the situation okay. But more often than not when the girls want something different than I want, the need for them to do as I say increases. Pretty soon a battle ensues.
Some say “Choose your battles wisely.” I prefer not to battle in the first place.
Unschooling allows me the freedom to choose peace over war.
Is there a particular choice you’ve made as a parent that allows you to choose peace? Is there a choice you wish you could make over?