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  •  Not all caregivers are parents and (3+ / 0-)
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    kyril, esquimaux, johnny wurster

    not all caregivers and parents are created equally. To make homeschooling/unschooling work, it relies on the persistence of parents or caregivers who have the time and resources (and academic wherewithall) to guide their children toward paths where the child themselves exhibits skills and enthusiasm.

    What about parents or caregivers who simply do not put a large priority on academic learning? What about kids in foster homes or group homes? What about children in the care of relatives who may or may not have a hands-on approach to engaging these children?

    Children do not survive well in libertarian environments - they don't have the skills developed so to do. me skeptical of the idea that all caregivers are so devoted to seeing their children develop into full functioning, independent adults that they will put the effort and resources into seeing that through in the absence of the public school system.

    "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

    by grannyhelen on Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 02:00:43 PM PDT

    •  I'm not saying conventional school should... (1+ / 0-)
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      not be an option, just that it be one of a larger array of options.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles

      by leftyparent on Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 02:54:45 PM PDT

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      •  As long as mandated education stays in place (0+ / 0-)

        I'm good w that. You understand my overall point, tho - w/out a mandate there are far too many kids who are in tenuous situations who would not go to school, or who would drop in/drop out more often than already happens.

        It is unfortunate but some caregivers need the threat of legal punishment to do right by the kids in their care.

        "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

        by grannyhelen on Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 08:27:49 PM PDT

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        •  If attendance is mandatory, make curriculum not (0+ / 0-)

          Learning happens in all kinds of ways and the current state and federal mandates scripting every minute of each period is too stifling for the full range of human uniqueness.

          Take the mandate off curriculum and unleash creativity and I might re-consider making it mandatory...

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