No Schooling

United States
April 19, 2010 10:31am CST
I saw a segment on GMA this morning about a growing trend called no schooling. The family profiled lives in Massachussetts, where all that parents have to do is check in once a year with the school district. GMA estimates that 1% of all of those children that are home schooled are no schooled, which is defined as allowing the children to do whatever they want and allowing their natural instincts and curiosity to take over in terms of learning. So what do you think?
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• United States
19 Apr 10
I think there is a legitimate advantage to real home schooling, particularly for younger children. They can learn to be life-long learners! But I have seen many "home schoolers" who did not really teach their children. It is a disservice to the children and society. I hate to see more regulations on home schooling, but the ones who are not doing it correctly do need some help!
• Israel
19 Apr 10
I'm an English teacher, and after my 7 year old daughter does her homework in Hebrew, (we live in Israel) I teach her English according to the Hickey method. She enjoys playing with English as it is her mother tongue. She understands both languates perfectly and I feel that she is progressing well. I think that if parents keep their children home, they have to provide instruction for them.
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• United States
19 Apr 10
Macdingolinger..this isn't home schooling. This is no schooling. The most involvement that the parents have is scheduling activities like family trips to zoos, museums and art galleries. Rachel5760..I agree with you. You have an added advantage in that you are a teacher. The thing that I do worry about with home schooling is the development of socialization skills. No schooling? I cannot even believe that this practice is allowed in the United States,
• United States
19 Apr 10
I think there is merit to allowing the children to do whatever they want and having their natural instincts take over, but all day every day? No way, that is what the evenings and weekends are for. We do not need more uneducated people here! I think that is ridiculous, everyone needs to have at least some structured schooling.
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• United States
19 Apr 10
I agree. Natural curiousity may or may not teach you things like math and other basic skills that you need to get thorugh life
• Philippines
20 Apr 10
I haven't seen that segment but I agreed with that system. I am still single but if I would have a child or children today , I would do the same way too, because school today is not a "safe" place anymore. No matter how exclusive it is or not Your children may meet different kind of children from different backgrounds and worst your children may be influenced with what they heard and what they seen. I would be the one to guide my children using the curriculum of the school. Meet the deadline. But that system is not good if the parents themeselves are not aware of their responsibilities for home schooled children. They do their part. If their reasons is just to save from fuel, time in commuting, traffic and something else. That would be a bad idea. If you want your children to be home-schooled, be the one to do it as a teacher and at the same time as a mother and as a playmates. Their plays need also a guidance as well.
• United States
20 Apr 10
Thanks for your response
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Hmmm interesting. All (and there are hundreds now) the kids I know who were and still are being homeschooled have a rigorous academic schedule. Plus quite a few of them play on their local high school sport teams. It is my understanding the public and especially private high schools won't let them play if they had no GPA. I homeschooled my son for 2 years. By the time he went to public school he was so ahead of the pack that they put him a grade ahead. He didn't like that. So this year he'll graduate as barely (sp) 17-year-old senior. Who is the GMA by the way?
• United States
20 Apr 10
Sorry. GMA - Good Morning America. I agree with you that home schooling can be quite advantageous. Classrooms are so crowded today and discipline problems run so rampant that it is difficult for those who want to learn to learn. Congrats on your dedication to home schooling your son.
@Hatley (154938)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Apr 10
hi laureninla I think its reallystupid they are letting the children call the shots, what happened to parents being parents and children gettin an education not a silly let them do whatever they damned well please. this is silly,. children are children they do not have the same experience or mental skills as most adults so they are not the ones to decide what they should learn, this should be u p to the parents with help from the school boards as to what they need to learn. Reading and math and science, surely there has to be some structure to home s chooling. i know young people who were home schooled who seemed better educated than those who went to the conventional schools but they were not the no school types. In no schooling a lot of lazy kids are not even going to try to learn what then?
• United States
19 Apr 10
Hi Hatley. Thank you for responding. I can't even believe this story. IMO, another case of people having children but not wanting to take the responsibility that comes with raising a child. Children do not have the skill sets to make these kinds of decisions. I agree concerning the home schooling. Children are given more individual attention in that scenario. Every time I think about this, I am amazed that any state gives parents this kind of latitude
@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
19 Apr 10
I don't see how that could be. I thought in order to home school you had to turn in assignments and tests. Unless the parents are just doing the work and turning it in for their child. It is a shame to think those kids are growing up without an education. I'm sure there are some things they could live without, but there is so much more they need to learn in school. Even just the socialization of being with other children their age. I feel bad for those kids.
• United States
19 Apr 10
This is not home schooling. This is no schooling. I don's think that it is allowed in every state. The particular family that was profiled lives in Massachussetts. All that they have to do is to report in to the school district once a year. The interview didn't indicate whether or not there is any testing involved. One of the questions that they asked the parents was how for instance the child would learn algebra and their response was that if their children werre curious about algebra that they would probably go to the library and read a book and teach themselves. The interviewer did ask one of the teenaged children if she thought that she was prepared to be able to go to college and her reply was probably not. They do things like take their children to museams, the zoo and art galleries. Wierd, huh?
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I think it is not the best way. A good combination of schooling and learning on their own is better.
• United States
19 Apr 10
I couldn't agree with you more. I'm surprised that any state allows this practice.
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@kellys3ps (3731)
• United States
23 Jun 10
I think those parents are doing a huge injustice to these children. How many kids are honestly going to say, "I'd like to practice my multiplication facts.". I am fine with homeschooling, in fact I do it myself - but unschooling is another matter!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 Apr 10
I have actually had concerns for quite some time now about homeschooling in my area. It started when I knew someone that took their child out of school to be "home schooled" She was having some issues with her child following rules. I suspected there was no type of actual schooling going on. I knew that the mother had to submit certain "school work" to the state but I'm not sure what that consisted of. I think that home schooling should be a bit more supervised.