I, up until yesterday, had never heard of the concept.
An acquaintance of mine and I were talking about schooling. She homeschools her four kids ages 4-12. I asked her how she does it, what was involved and what particular curriculum she used.
"Unschooling" she said. I thought she misspoke. I said, "What kind of schooling?" She repeated, "Oh, I used to sit down with the kids and tutor them in math, spelling and the like, but now I just unschool."
I was too embarrased to ask her what it was. So, being the excellent topic shifter that I am....I shifted. Thank goodness for the internet. After completing our telephone conversation, I immediately googled "unschooling" and holy Jesus! I had know idea.
Apparently, that is exactly what it is. You let the child be free as a bird. They immediately feel the pressure of schooling vanish and then you teach them when they want to know something. One family had an 8 year old that wasn't interested in reading yet so they didn't push it. They left books around the house and if he wanted to read...he will read. From osmosis maybe?
I'm not saying this approach doesn't work. I just have no idea how it could. Is this a new concept? Has unschooling been around forever or is this a new idea? Are there any adults out there reading this blog that were unschooled as kids?
All I know is that if I unschooled my kids, I am rather confident that they would never.......ever.......leave the Game Cube, computer or television again except to go to the bathroom or to the fridge. Would unschooling work with your kids?