The flurry of activity after GMA aired a segment on unschooling has been amazing, coming from both sides of the schooling fence. Mainstream public schoolers were appalled at the idea of raising kids without ‘normal’ school, unschoolers were appalled at the extremely biased slant the ‘interview’ took as a whole. In one day, my first post about it has had 1,900+ hits alone. So it definitely struck lots of nerves.
They had the family back on today to discuss their unschooling life in a little more detail. This was a much more tolerable ‘segment’, even if it was only 7 minutes long.
Lots of blog posts have been written from both perspectives, and tons of comments have been made on the ABC facebook page as well as at the GMA site online. Reading the majority of comments only solidifies my choice to unschool, because if that is the level of discussion that the public school churns out, I want no part of it. Seriously. The lack of respect and dialogue is so foreign to me, mainly because our unschooling lives revolve around having both in our house. But whatever. When you do something that isn’t mainstream, you tend to get a vast majority of people with their collective panties in a bunch. The kids and I deal with it every day.
Once, in a store, the woman behind the counter asked why my kids weren’t in school. When I said we unschooled, the stranger behind me snorted and said, “So, what, are you going to home employ them too?” My kids and I value respect, so none of us responded in kind.
For a nation that was built around revolutionary ideas, enterprise, ingenuity, and out of the box thinking, I’m worried about how opposite we’ve become today–judging from comments like that stranger and the strangers on the GMA websites/interviewer/George Stephanopoulis.
Luckily there is such a great support network of unschoolers who live it every day. And luckily a lot of them blog about their experiences and journeys. I hope the people who are now searching ‘unschooling’ will key in to real life unschoolers without the media’s bias.
If you have an unschooling blog, link to it in the comments so we can spread the sunshine to people who I hope are doing their own research rather than relying on a biased interview to give them information.
In Colorado news, moving still sucks! I’m parked outside of Starbucks because I got here too late to get any hot chocolate or sit in their comfy chairs. Such is life. If you’ve ever wondered what I look like when I’m browsing the internet, here’s your answer. Usually I’m happier, but, moving really really sucks. As does not getting any hot chocolate on a cold night.
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