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Unschooling is a generic term for a form of homeschooling in which, loosely speaking, education happens without the use of a schedule, curriculum, testing and grades. It's an approach which is used in varying degrees by different families. Unschooling is child-led education, so if the child chooses to go to school, they are still unschooled, as they were not coerced or persuaded to go there, but chose to do so of their own free will. Unschooling is the rejection of an imposed education. Other synonyms are natural or non-coercive learning, auto-didactic, self-learning, free range organic education.
Nobody wants to be just another brick in the wall. Yet a good solid wall is a thing of beauty and each piece of it is valuable. Like a strong community, the wall may shelter us and give us a place to hang our tools and art. Nobody wants to be processed in an assembly line, to be used in building a wall they didn't ask for. There is good reason for the resounding popularity of the Pink Floyd song after all these years. We want to create our own structure and be responsible for our own lives.
Canadian families, along with their counterparts throughout the world, face many challenges in making decision about their children's education. As young families in Canada, we've all learned the importance of quality and quantity time, bonding, attachment parenting, breastfeeding and healthy eating, so there is a precedent to continue that interest into the arena of their education. We all love our kids and while we may be struggling with our own issues in becoming the good parents and people we would like to become, we take our responsbilities to our youth very seriously.
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