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Is unschooling a better option for learning by children?
It has been observed that very often formal and standardized schools do not permit even basic learning freedoms such as the rights of self-pacing and learning styles of children, moreover, formal school function in isolationist from the parents and the community.

On the other hand, unschoolers get time to share a role in their greater community, therefore relating more to older and younger individuals and finding their place within more diverse groups of people within the community.

The disadvantages of conventional schools are now well known like age segregation; lack of contact with the community, lack of people in professions other than teachers or school administration, an emphasis on cramming, shaming of the failing children, and an emphasis on row-wise sitting, create an unhealthy social environment through all sorts of competition.

According to John Holt, in formal schools with standard curricula, teacher controlled instruction and constant anxiety of being tested coupled with ‘fear of failure, punishment, and disgrace, severely reduces their ability both to perceive and to remember, and drives them away from the material being studied into strategies for fooling teachers into thinking they know what they really don't know’.

Proponents of unschooling assert that individualized, child-led learning is more efficient and it is respectful of children's time, takes advantage of their interests, and allows deeper exploration of subjects than what is possible in conventional education.

Generally speaking, unschooling is a form of home education, which is the education of children at home with home school as a subset of community in which education is child-led supported by the Open Classroom without classrooms or grades. Parents and educators who unschool their children act as facilitators of learning.


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