My Warning Against Letting Kids Be Too FreeUnschooling or learner-centered education is not good for attaining grade school standards. I think this system works best for naturally creative-gifted kids who have mastered the 3 rs somewhat by grade 7.MoreMy Warning Against Letting Kids Be Too FreeUnschooling or learner-centered education is not good for attaining grade school standards. I think this system works best for naturally creative-gifted kids who have mastered the 3 rs somewhat by grade 7.If they got grade 7 math, reading and writing down and theyre self-motivated, let them go.
See where their genius takes them.Only a few children are intrinsically motivated enough to control their own education without degenerating into wanting to be a pop star or beauty contest queen.Unschooling is good for naturally intelligent kids whose families have some money and their parents, other relatives or paid caretakers/ tutors have time to guide them along but many kids are not naturally curious beyond what theyre brainwashed by on TV and many are poor as well.
They cant study archeology on a whim because it would cost money for books, tools, etc.Take a look at whats going on. Ill bet at least half of all kids want to be either professional athletes, pop stars or movie stars. Kids are massively brainwashed, even the smart ones. Most need structure.Its not realistic. Personally I think that if you leave kids to their own devices, most will go for frivolous pursuits. Most will not aspire to be computer programmers or inventors. They will turn to the glitter of pop culture entertainment.By the time I was 15, half of my friends were smoking cigarettes and looking for ways to get drunk and high.
I got into working out but I was still experimenting with sex and drugs on the side.If you want to let a kid explore his life, there is a dark side too. I was 13 the first time I masturbated. Sex is always there. You have to deal with it.What about a social life? I had a gang of friends growing up. There is something unhealthy about some kid genius doing his own thing all the time. There is plenty of time to be a loner which all adults become by the time theyre 35 even though they pretend theyre not.
Time for fun is childhood.