I have five children in a Christian school that I really like; however, one of those children is a square peg and won't fit in that round hole. So she and I are venturing to try something new--unschooling! Here is my brain dump from Evernote about why, what and how we will be doing this. I'm happy to hear comments and suggestions.
WHY I've realized for many years that the current education system is not the best way to educate our children. From the moment one of my kids said, "I love reading, but my school is making me hate it," I knew that there was something off kilter. Also, the economic climate truly points to a need for independent, entrepreneurial learning as a focus of education.
Creativity is important to us as a family and continues to grow in importance in the world our kids will be entering as adults. David Pink writes in A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future, " The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. Sir Ken Robinson's TEDtalk also has had a eureka affect on my thinking about children and how their creativity is developed. Over 10 million people have watched this video:http://youtu.be/zDZFcDGpL4U
Life Lessons: I know that my "traditional education" did not prepare me for being a wife, a mom, or an entrepreneur. I think this is a very important part of training a child up. We often miss this opportunity, especially when our kids attend schools that emphasize rigorous academics and when we have multiple children involved in sports or other extracurricular activities, those important life lessons are left by the wayside at best.
A Little Bit of a Lot and Not a Lot of Anything: I know that schools want to expose kids to a lot of different subjects and topics just in case one of those might be the spark for a life-long career. The problem is that kids rarely get the opportunity to get rich, authentic experiences with any specific areas of study.