Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Unschooling: A Parental Perspective

For a while now I've wanted to do an interview with my mother, and tonight we finally both sat down and did just that!


  1. I loved it when your mom said that she would have turned a different person were you and your sister to go to school instead of being home/unschooled. It's such a nice and powerful way of saying that unschooling really is a journey for the whole family, not just for the kids.

    Anyway, you got yourself a great mom -- kudos to her! :-)

    ps/ I bet it would turn out to be an interesting interview if you manage to convince your dad to get himself in front of the camera. After all, he too was part of the journey, so I'd be curious about his perspective in regards to home/unschooling.

  2. This interview contains all kinds of awesome. I'm in the process of writing my own blog post explaining why I'm unschooling my daughter (to help friends and family understand) and I stopped by your blog to grab links for the grown unschooler interviews and found this. It will make another great link for my post.

    Thank you so much for working so hard to get the word out for the rest of us. We appreciate it more than you know.


  3. Great interview, really highlights the differences between Homeschooling and Unschooling. People will naturally learn about the things that interest them, its human nature.

    Though next time, it would help greatly if you could kill the background noise.

  4. Great interview but for future reference it may be less distracting for the viewer if the backround noise (t.v., radio) were turned off during the interview. :-)

  5. Thank you and your mom for this wonderful interview!!

  6. Loved this interview! My daughter (aka Princess) is 7 and there are times, although they are rare, that I wonder if I'm doing the best thing for her. Seeing this interview is one of the things that confirms the decision to unschool. Thanks to you and your mom!

  7. @Everyone: I'm so very glad you liked the interview!! I was really excited to share it.

    @Robert Hickman & Luksky: I would have loved to cut background noise completely (and believe it or not, I did manage to reduce it before recording the video), but with four people in the house each doing our own thing and not wanting to stop, and only Windows Movie Maker for editing afterwards, it's hard to do better! I'll keep in mind that some people found it distracting though, and perhaps manage better next time...

  8. Thanks for the great post and interview. I look forward to reading more of your blog too! Great insight!

    I'm a homeschooling mother of three (ages 8, 5, and 2) and am eclectic in our homeschooling culture. We do have a lot of free/unschooling time, and some child driven structured time too. But I have to admit, unschooling entirely both fascinates and scares me. I blame my limitations as a brick and mortar educated kid... both a product of mainstream culture and public education. I appreciate input and sharing like yours because it expands my comprehension to a place that goes beyond both my experience and vision and helps me to keep my kids out of the system I've tried so hard to shake myself free of.

  9. I really enjoyed the interview with your mother. I remember all of the fear and worry I had when we took our daughter out of school years ago. It took time to build up that confidence and understanding on how learning really works. Thanks for posting this.

  10. Hey there,

    New to this blog. It's great! Thanks for doing the desperately important work you do.

    Take care,
    kid cutbank

  11. Wonderful interview. We are at the beginning of our journey now, so I can't tell you how much your mother's words meant to me. Especially since one of my concerns has been math (though I've done my best to try and let it go). Hearing her thoughts on that just gave me the confidence to know I am doing the right thing. Also some ideas for moving forward!!