Why do people choose unschooling as a way of learning?
Here are 13 reasons why not to go to school:
1) Indoctrination | Parents want to ensure their kids are learning what they want to learn,
not what someone else forces them to learn. Parents don’t want their kids to be brainwashed as schools are not educating kids, they are indoctrinating them.
3) Rights | Children have no rights at schools and are expected to follow an endless number of rules that ensure obedience to authority.
"The school system is designed to teach obedience and conformity and prevent the child’s natural capacities from developing." ~ Noam Chomsky
4) Values | The culture of schools impart very poor values on kids such as greed and consumerism.
5) Individualism | A Free Spirit is a person who thinks and acts in an uninhibited way without worrying about normal social rules: nonconformist. Schooling kills a child’s free spirit which leads to a complete lack of individual expression.
6) Experience | Schools completely deprive kids of the top four things they need in life: love, self care, connecting with nature, and free play. Kids learn from real world experience, not schooling. Parents that understand that schools do not set kids up for the real world, but actually do the exact opposite, significantly limits a child’s opportunity to learn in the real world limiting their real world experiences. Unschooling opens a child’s imagination to a world of different possibilities and allows them the freedom to pursue their passions engaging in activities that are meaningful to them. Schools are prisons that not only mentally enslave the minds of children, but also physically enslave them by forcing them to sit for long periods of time, spending hours and hours locked inside classrooms instead of playing in nature or actually experiencing the real world. School constrains learning, that is its purpose. It’s time to start living and learning outside the box!
"Homeschooled children have greater potential to work outside the box because they are educated outside the box." ~ Thomas Purifoy
“Our whole theory of education is based on the absurd notion that we must learn to swim on land before tackling the water.” ~ Henry Miller
7) Bullying | If you haven’t seen the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”, you should because it shows the drama and bullying that are all too common at schools and how it affects everyone, even those who you don’t think would be affected. The whole culture of school is based on bullying from the top down, making kids do things they would not have done naturally takes away their choice, essentially forcing them to do something, so it’s not surprising they act out by bullying others kids because this is exactly what schools are teaching them. This is why John Holt said the following:
"Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much of the world as we can (to them); give children as much help and guidance as they ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest." ~ John Holt, “How Children Learn”
“This idea that children won’t learn without outside rewards and penalties, or in the debased jargon of the behaviorists, “positive and negative reinforcements,” usually becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we treat children long enough as if that were true, they will come to believe it is true. So many people have said to me, “If we didn’t make children do things, they wouldn’t do anything.” Even worse, they say, "If I weren’t made to do things, I wouldn’t do anything.
It is the creed of a slave.” ~ John Holt, [How Children Fail]
"The only time most people will experience violence in their lives is in government schools." ~ Michael Malice
“Compulsion – nonconsensual education – requires violence; it requires complete control over what students put into their brain, the people they are exposed to, the places they are authorized to be, and oftentimes, with free lunch programs, what food goes into their body. Compulsory systems are resentful of families who do not enforce homework or dress code policies; are reluctant to allow parents into its buildings except once or twice a year on special “open house” days; and fear parents who choose to homeschool.” ~ Brian Huskie, [A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School]
8) Politics | Schools are not apolitical and they could never be, most everyone working at schools are completely absorbed by politics. The entire school system and curriculum is a result of politics. The great thing about unschooling is that it is apolitical, unschoolers can rightfully choose whether to engage in politics or not. Unschooling attracts all political parties including libertarians and anarchists. When schools lean one way or another, which they all do, they become indoctrination centers for a particular political party.
"Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim." ~ Elie Wiesel
9) Entrepreneurism | Parents that want to raise entrepreneurs love unschooling because it encourages all the building blocks of pursuing your passions. Children who are empowered are more much more likely to start their own businesses. Whereas schools make good employees that will feel comfortable with a job in a cubicle, unschooling creates entrepreneurs.
"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." ~ Jim Rohn
"I didn’t fail school, school failed me.
School fails entrepreneurs everyday,
because it’s not built for entrepreneurs,
it’s built for workers." ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
"Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t." ~ Unknown Author
"Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee." ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
10) Recovery | Many parents are still recovering and deschooling from all the damage their schooling caused them so they don’t want to force their children into the same system of abuse.
"Don’t question your ability to teach your child. Question putting your child into the same institution that left you questioning your ability to teach your child."
"We’ve seen the evidence that shows how harmful control is to children and their development. That evidence resides not only in research, but also in our own experiences as children and adults." ~ Teresa Graham Brett
“The most potent force for change…is the growing recognition of millions of adults that their own impoverished expectations and frustrations came, in large measure, from their schooling.” ~ Marilyn Ferguson
11) Self Discovery |
“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.” ~ Jean Piaget
“Only if you reject all the other paths can you discover your own path.” ~ U.G. Krishnamurti, [Mind Is a Myth]
12) Institutional Systemic Racism | Many people choose to empower their kids by unschooling them for this very reason because of major disparities in schooling across the nation.
13) Religion | Religious reasons since most schools these days are religiously intolerant.