7.29.2012

Academics are extracurricular to unschooling life

My girls both love this book.
My mind was on overdrive last night. While I was trying to fall asleep, instead I was thinking that in an unschooling life, academics are extracurricular and beside the point.

My kids don't learn math, for example, to do math problems (or pass tests or get good grades). They learn math to bake muffins, build playhouses, and program computers. They don't learn to read to pass vocabulary tests or write book reports. They learn to read to be able to read. They learn scientific methods to understand their world. Everything they learn makes sense.

Schooling misses the point. It makes life extracurricular.

Just think of all the activities that are extracurricular in school: driving, shop classes, home economics, student government, journalism...

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