I don't like the term homeschooling. I really don't. And it's always kind of bothered me that that's the default term used here in North America. What we, and many others, have done bears VERY little resemblance to "schooling" of any sort! So I figured I'd do a brief list of all the terms I've heard of, both for home education in general and more specifically for unschooling, that in my opinion are WAY better than "homeschooling".
Home based education, home education, independent learning, home learning, self-directed learning, life learning, organic learning, natural learning, autodidactism, worldschooling, child-led learning, student-led learning, delight driven learning.
And I'm SURE I'm missing some (probably many!) other terms.
Now, I've recently gotten into a few discussions about terminology, and about whether or not it was good or bad to have a "unifying" label for the self-directed learning style that's commonly known as unschooling. And I do think that unschooling is a great unifying word for this philosophy of learning, and since it's becoming better known, being the term most commonly used in articles and on TV shows, I think it's become VERY useful, especially in recent times. I also think it's great to pick whatever term *you* feel is best for you. I just think it's nice to have a back-up word that's increasingly well known!
Oh, and feel free to let me know what terms I missed... I'm always happy to hear new ones!
P.S. Can you tell I'm feeling better by the fact I'm actually posting? I just hope I continue to feel better! *Knocks on wood* But, I am still sick, so if anything sounds off in this post, I'm blaming the cold I currently still have. :-P
P.P.S. I know I've been accused of nitpicking, and arguing about semantics when I talk about words I use, words I like and dislike, and all that. But the fact remains, I find this subject both interesting and *personally* important, so I can't help but nitpick and complain about terms on occasion!
P.P.P.S. (Last one, I promise!) I added a "Share" button at the bottom of each post. Opinions are welcome: is it useful or annoying?