Wired wrote a nice article about how many people in the tech community are either home schooling or unschooling their kids.
The Cook family are not just homeschoolers but unschoolers. They don’t prefer homeschooling simply because they find most schools too test-obsessed or underfunded or otherwise ineffective. They believe that the very philosophical underpinnings of modern education are flawed. Unschoolers believe that children are natural learners; with a little support, they will explore and experiment and learn about the world in a way that is appropriate to their abilities and interests. Problems arise, the thinking goes, when kids are pushed into an educational model that treats everyone the same—gives them the same lessons and homework, sets the same expectations, and covers the same subjects. The solution, then, is to come up with exercises and activities that will help each kid flesh out the themes and subjects to which they are naturally drawn.
I completely agree. My son just turned 2 and he is an amazing learner. I can see his brain just feasts on what he is exposed to. He does things all the time that I have no idea where he learned it. You can show him something once and he will apply it days later. It’s truly remarkable.
And yet, I used to teach university classes with students who often times viewed learning as a chore or an obstacle that had to be overcome. There were things I could have done to help alleviate this and yet most of the damage had already been done from 10 years of public schooling.
Is this for everyone? I think that depends on the parents. Certainly some people thrive in public schools but do they actually learn anything? Colleges are having to deal with high school graduates who can barely read and yet they were given a diploma.
I think the homeschooling trend will continue to grow at a rapid rate.