A Brief Blog Profile: An Unschooling Life
by Thomas Hynes
There really can't be a discussion on education without examining homeschooling. In some ways, this is a new trend. But in another way, it's a really, really old practice. Think about it. Parents have been teaching their children for as long as there have been parents and children. School houses, classrooms and state-approved lesson plans are a relatively new construct. And one of the blogs espousing a return to this "trend" is An Unschooling Life. The site was launched in 2005 as a way to "give encouragement and advice to those who want to start on this path."
The encouragement part is probably really helpful as just about everyone I know has an opinion on this subject. An Unschooling Life is a blog, but it's also probably a much-needed supportive community. And truthfully, there's a lot of great stuff on here. This post on letting children find their own sleep patterns really resonates with me. And not just because I'm a little tired this week. But rather because for most things in life, there probably doesn't exist one right way to do things. I also really enjoy this post on trusting your kids. It seems obvious to trust children. Yet, this very basic premise goes by the wayside all too often in day-to-day parenting.
Or so I'm told. Because again, I don't have children. So I have no idea how trust should or should not come into play. But I'm sure there are many questions and scenarios that arise every day for parents, especially those taking on 'unschooling.' And really, that's the true value of this blog. It's a story of parents, yes. But it's also a resource for them.