Category Archives for Objections

It’s an Easy Out

Here we are at the third and final of three posts about one objection to life learning.  In the first post, the objection is that I am a lazy parent.  I’m setting my kids up to fail was covered in the second post.  And finally, we have reached the “easy out”.Someone who thinks that self-directed […]

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School Teaches the Exact Things Needed to Learn Properly as Adults

Of all of the objections I have heard about self-directed homeschooling, this one tops the cake.  Apparently, school teaches the exact things needed to learn properly as adults, and when you remove a child from an authority-dictated, subject-by-subject approach to learning, you are setting your child up for failure.  I guess I should apologize right […]

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What About College?

We’re all familiar with the list of academic requirements for admissions into a college or university.  Each one has a list of courses that your child should have taken in school in order to be an acceptable applicant to that college.  So, if someone is directing their own learning, how will he/she ever become a […]

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Kids will be Ill-prepared for the Real World

In Part One, I addressed the “lazy parent” aspect of this objection to life learning.  Up next – I’m setting my kids up to fail.  This one just drops my jaw.  It’s simply nonsensical.My children learn the same way we learn as adults; they’re just getting years of practice, with guidance, doing so before they’re 18, on their […]

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Reader Question: How Do They Learn Without Boundaries or Defined Lines?

So, the question was: “OK soo, without boundaries or defined lines how do you learn?”And my answer is:My kids learn the same way they learned before it was “time to start school” and the same way we learn as adults. I’m not saying that there aren’t boundaries or defined lines. What I am saying is that our […]

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What Job Hires Without a Diploma?

The question smacked of derision when it was posed, because it wasn’t really a sincere question.  The person who asked me, “What job hires without a diploma?…you really think this is best for your children?” wasn’t interested or concerned.  She was angry, judgmental, and ignorant.  Sometimes, though, this question is asked by someone who is […]

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Objections: Unschooling Is Lazy Parenting

​​​I lounge around on the couch all day long – everyday – with nary a fleeting thought about the education my kids are (not) getting.  Eh, if they end up dumb as rocks, living out of the back of some old beater, taking a “shower” in the sink of whichever gas station or McDonald’s is […]

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It’s Crazy to Allow Children to Guide Their Own Educations

I’m going to make a controversial statement, and I want you to pay attention to what happens in your gut immediately after you finish reading it.  Ready?Your children should be allowed to determine for themselves what they will learn about, when they will learn it, how much of it to learn, how long to spend […]

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I Could Never Unschool!

Unschooling is a huge departure from the norm, and it can be so nerve-wracking to veer off the beaten path that some just insist they can’t.The good news is that you don’t have to.  If you’re too afraid to step outside your comfort zone, don’t.  If what you’re already doing insofar as your child’s education […]

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