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 goes is working for you and your child, by all means, keep doing what’s working!  

I won’t pretend to have all the answers for everybody.  My way isn’t the only way.  It isn’t necessarily the best way for everyone.  It’s an option. An alternative.  I’m not interested in trying to convert people who are happy with how things are going academically, socially, and emotionally for their children to my way of thinking.  

If, however, you aren’t happy...if what you’re doing isn’t working, then I’m talking to you.  

Even if the way I do things widens your eyeballs and builds tension in your belly, I’m still talking to you.  If what you’re doing isn’t working, then you need to do something differently.  Maybe you’ll ultimately decide that the way I do things isn’t your particular brand of “differently”.  That’s okay.  

Just don’t dismiss it because you don’t understand it or it scares you. Don’t tell me, “I could never unschool.”  

You could...if there was a compelling enough reason for you to do it.  

You could...if you keep an open mind and do your research.  Read about people like me and my kids.  Talk to people who do things the way we do.  Ask a lot of questions.  

You could...if you can muster up the courage to feel fear and anxiety, and do it anyway.  

You could...if you can challenge what you’ve always believed about what constitutes a “good” education.

You could...if you can learn to trust your children to learn exactly what they need to learn, exactly when they need to learn it.

You can unschool.  

You can say, “I don’t want to unschool.”  But don’t say, “I could never unschool.”

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About the Author Becky

I’m a married, homeschooling mama of three who is passionate about self-directed learning.

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