Which produces better students and competent adults? Public School or Unschooling? Do you really learn more in school than you would at home?
Unschooling is a philosophy that rejects rigid and formal education as an effective method of teaching children. Some people misunderstand it to be against public school.
People who support this type of educational philosophy tend to believe that public schools have some negative aspects as they are implemented.
But it is also fair to say that some public and private schools are implementing some “unschooling” methods in their regular curriculum.
UnSchooling vs Public School: What Is The Difference?
You are probably familiar with traditional schools. You may have attended one. If you are a parent, your kids may attend one now. As you know, formal lessons, assignments, lectures, and tests are used to help children gain knowledge and then make sure they have learned it.
These lessons are generally packaged in a form that average children can succeed at. Kids who have learning issues might fall behind, get extra help, or even get sent to different classes.
Kids who are advanced could get bored and not do as well as predicted. In some schools, there may even be special classes for advanced kids.
The point is that having different levels of classes for different types of learners does not really change the fact that these school rely upon very traditional educational methods.
Unschooling, on the other hand, relies upon more natural methods of education. Games, play, social interaction, and even household chores are also effective teaching aids. So might music lessons, trips, books, etc.
These are incorporated into a an unschooling curriculum to provide a good education. Done well, they help kids learn without ever feeling like they are sitting through regular lessons.
Critics in the unschooling vs public school debates say that children from an unschooling environment lack motivation, social skills, and discipline.
They are never forced to sit in their seats and complete and assignment so they never learn how. Without having the experience of competing for honors and good grades, they may not become competitive adults in society.
Supporters of this type of self-directed schooling says that it is exactly the opposite. They counter that since their methods set more children up for success, rather than failure, they end up with a lifetime love of learning that many children might lack.
Is the unschooling vs public school debate over? Actually, some schools are beginning to incorporate more types of unschooling education with great success. We may never get away from text books and homework, but adopting some unschooling might help reach different types of learners.
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