- Test, test, test
- Teachers are underpaid, undereducated, and under-evaluated
- Too much (time spent) for not enough (attention)
I do have to make one really great exception to my fourth point on Why Unschool: Part One which was "NO freedom". I'm happy to say that I got to witness the kids at Zane's school be almost completely free on Wednesday afternoon. The Student Council threw a school dance to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of spring. In all honesty, I was hoping Zane wouldn't want to go, but he did, so we went (adults were required to come with students). I had a blast. Stori had a blast. Zane had a blast. So many people had so much fun that I found myself sad to be leaving the school. These kids were jumping on each otehr, over each otehr, all around the gymnasium and were NOT told no!!! Oh, I was just thrilled! There were kids break dancing, hooping, hopping, skipping, sitting, standing, lying on the floor... Of course it's not possible to eliminate all the nay-sayers, so there was one lady who was next to one of the foil door curtain things. I'm sure it was purchased at the dollar store or similar and it was about 20 minutes until the end of dance time and there were boys who kept running through them (cause, ummm...they're the most AWESOME things ever to young kids) and yes, Zane was one of the boys. She says to them "you need to stop running through this or it might break." I guess she missed the memo on 1. What kids like and 2. it was in a DOORWAY-people go through those. But, hey... that was the maximum of limitation put on the students that I noticed that afternoon and that, my friends, is one of those times I am SO GLAD to be wrong!!!
Many of my points are personal, obviously. This is, after all, OUR driving force behind making this movement. So you may ask why not home school rather than unschool and I think I'll save my next post for that. :-)