Unschool children for freedom to learn and respect for diversity among them
The present day schools are being criticized for controlling, conditioning and producing irrational children through uniformity, similarity, superficiality and competition. In other words, formal and institutionalized learning does not respect the diversity of students and function more like screening systems for certification and stamping learners.
Unschooling is an educational method and philosophy
proposed and advocated by a noted educator John Holt that rejects
compulsory and formal school as a primary means for learning.
Basically, the concept of unschooling questions the usefulness of
standardized formal and uniform curricula, conventional evaluation
methods, and other features of similarity and uniformity of
traditional schooling and devices the ways and mobilizes the
resources to maximizing the learning and progress of each unique
child outside the formalized and institutionalized school education.
For unschoolers, family members, activists, mentors
and educators work as facilitators for learners who learn in a
neighourhood home with an active and collaborative planning by all
the stakeholders including students. Efforts are made to incorporate
pedagogy based on how children learn and acquire skills to become
elf-learners. Unschooling often encourages and strives to build
learning on the activities initiated by the children themselves
within a framework of an appropriate content and processes.
Unschoolers are afforded opportunities to learn
through their natural and real life experiences including music,
group work, play, games, household responsibilities, theatre,
learning expeditions, personal interests curiosity, internships work
experience, life skills, travel, books, elective classes, and social
The advocates of traditional schooling and critics
of unschooling tend to view unschooling as an extreme educational
philosophy which does not prepare students for employable skills or
produces misfits. On the other hand, the proponents and advocates of
unschooling say that education in a natural environment makes a child
better equipped to create his or her own social space for rational
living and ethical livelihood.