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Unschooler Interview on NPR

All Things Considered on NPR interviewed a 16 year-old unschooler from California.

Here’s a brief except:

Unschooling is like home schooling, except entirely self-directed, with lots of support from my parents. When I got my first allowance of $2.50 a week, I remember calculating how long I’d have to save up to buy my next toy. Everything I’ve ever learned has been for a practical purpose or because I was interested, never for a test or because someone made me.

Read or listen to the full interview: Unschooled: How One Kid Is Grateful He Stayed Home.

4 comments to Unschooler Interview on NPR

  • Unschooling sounds like a novel approach to child education, though I also think that interaction with children and adults is important. As long as there’s a happy balance, I can see the value.

  • Unschooling is all about interaction between the adult and child. The adult has be to even more engaged in the child’s life in order to provide resources, assistance, guidance, etc., as needed. So many think unschooling means just turning the child loose and never paying any attention to them, but that is definitely not the case. Thanks for your comment, Janet!

  • Hi, I can’t find a different place to leave a message, so I am writting in a comment section. I am writing to let you know that your blog is due to be featured on February 2, 2012 for our blog of the day in the Yahoo! group Homeschooling_Bloggers_Haven. I noticed that you blog has not had a new post since June of 20ll and am checking that your blog is still active.

    Thanks,
    Rebecca Miller
    Homeschooling_Bloggers_Haven
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Homeschooling_Bloggers_Haven/

  • Hi Rebecca, yes, active, but I post much more to my personal blog these days. I will get a couple of new blog posts up here shortly!

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