Welcome to my life's work: Unschooling.I became a parent almost two decades ago, and I always knew that IF I ever had kids, that I would figure out a way to keep them out of public school.
I always knew that mainstream education was more about blind obedience and hoop-jumping than real learning.
Five kids later, despite all sorts of struggles, we are still unschooling. I write about it in various places, and I run a free support group on Facebook as well.
Many people think unschooling is "child-led", but really--it's more of a collaborative effort. Having a big family tends to throw the frustrating, problematic parts of giving kids freedom into sharp relief.
When you've got 7 people trying to share space with each other...
It becomes obvious that "every man for himself" is a shitty philosophy to live by.
So for us, unschooling is about relationships--about mutual cooperation, personal growth, and respect.