Our Unschooling Adventure - which officially started in Lowell in the Fall of 2005 - now continues in Berlin.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Are Homeschooling Parents Lazy?

Linda Dobson asks this provocative - and of course rhetorical - question in her book, "What the Rset of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling". She goes on to answer the question and gives a succinct outline of the basic principle of unschooling:

... there is another reason why the outside world may think that homeschooling parents are lazy -- some of them want their children to begin educating themselves as soon as possible. They achieve this most thoroughly and rapidly by cultivating their children's intrinsic motivation, the motivation that comes from within the child instead of from external factors.

It isn't that these homeschooling parents are really lazy. Rather they see their role in the learning lifestyle less as "teacher as dispenser of knowledge" and more as "creator of an environment that supports intrinsic motivation."...

That describes our philosophy to a T.


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