Santa Fe, NM (August 14, 2014)—They don’t need no education. At least not of the traditional, compulsory, watch-the-clock-until-the-
OUTSIDE contributing writer and unschooling parent Ben Hewitt details this growing movement in “We Don’t Need No Education”, a special report. He estimates his sons would spend no more than two hours per month in a traditional school setting studying the subjects that are universal to mainstream education.
Unschoolers promote homeschooling where children direct their learning and adults facilitate. Unschooling differs from homeschooling in that unschoolers say homeschooling too closely mimics the traditional classroom. Unschooling is usually secular, too. It’s legal in all 50 states with minor state supervision
Hewitt’s report tells the story of his family’s path to unschooling, arguing that their approach promotes self-determination and confidence. It also avoids the health and cognitive consequences of long inactive schooldays like diabetes and obesity.
His personal story also counters common objections to unschooling. “Our sons are not entirely self-taught,” he writes. “Our days do have structure.” As for his sons’ futures, he offers evidence unschooled children do just fine in higher education and professional life. “I want for [my sons] the freedom to be children,” he writes.
The story appears in the September issue of OUTSIDE, available on newsstands August 12 and at outsideonline.com.
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