Utterly Meaningless » Blog Archive » HOMESCHOOLERS VS. UNSCHOOLERS?

    Filed at 3:09 am under by dcobranchi

    Scott Somerville is looking for some evidence that the more involved the dad is in the whole homeschooling adventure, the more the family will tend towards unschooling. I’m not sure I buy the premise. There’s an enormous gulf between g-schoolers and us. To differentiate between the various flavors of home education is, I think, like trying to draw distinctions between folks because some put the jelly on top of the peanut butter and others put the jelly on the second piece of bread.

    Anyway, if you have any thoughts on the matter, the conversation is getting kicked off at Scott’s place.


    Comment by
    Christine G
    October 19th, 2006
    at 9:27 am

    Just don’t tell a radical homeschooler that they’re not different 🙂

    Comment by
    October 19th, 2006
    at 10:09 am

    I like your peanut butter and jelly analogy.

    Comment by
    October 19th, 2006
    at 2:23 pm

    for what it’s worth, hubbie works way too much to be involved in our homeschooling. We unschool becuase it’s what works for our kids. We did more school when he was around !

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    October 19th, 2006
    at 3:04 pm

    Our occasional sandwich is no more like school-at-home than sushi rolls then. 🙂

    In our unschooling home we each make our own sandwiches as we prefer, if and when we want them which isn’t much, and Dad doesn’t get to join us for any kind of lunch very often.

    In our pantry, schoolwork and instruction of any kind is a just condiment that the kids can choose or not to their own taste, a little or a lot, or making funny faces and gagging noises at it!

    When they do choose some teacher jelly and like it enough to want more, then whether I grew the fruit myself orwhich manufacturer made the teacher jelly and which outlet sold it to us, or whether I used food stamps, cash or credit to procure it, etc isn’t of much consequence to me, to the kids and certainly not to Dad. 🙂

    I’d say that barring spoilage or criminal tampering, what counts isn’t where the food came from or how it’s is prepared, as much as how it’s presented and enjoyed — our unschooling is in a whole different mindset and spirit than any form of “schooling”, and it’s a mindset and spirit of which Dad IS an integral part, whether he’s joining us for lunch or not. 🙂

    Comment by
    October 23rd, 2006
    at 5:50 pm

    Jelly _on_ the peanut butter?

    Yuck. Jelly blobs.

    Btw, you forgot to put on the cheese.