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"Children do not need to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world than anyone else could make for them." John Holt

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            Interview with an 11 yo Unschooler

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Here is an interview I did with my 11 yo daughter about her experiences as an Unschooler:

Me: If someone asked you why you don’t go to school what would you say?

Dora: My Mom doesn’t let me. (WOW!)

Me: What is Unschooling?

Dora: Where we do “school” when we feel like it we don’t have tests like everybody else, we don’t get grades like everybody else. We do what we want when we want!

Me: What do you like about Unschooling?

Dora: I’m not forced to do things and we don’t go to the Principal’s office. My Mom isn’t distracted by kids.

Me: What do you not like about Unschooling?

Dora: I don’t see my friends as much as I would if I was in school.

Dora: Ask me how has Unschooling affected your life?

Me: Ok, How has Unschooling affected your life?

Dora: Hmm……..I get to be more creative! I’m not as perverted as I would be if I went to school.

Me: So, what do you do all day since you don’t go to school?

Dora: gymnastics, I go to the park, I go to the library and museums, listen to music, play video games

Me: What do you learn?

Dora: Stuff I’m going to use in real life: how to go grocery shopping with a budget, how to put up a satellite and a light switch, how to take good pictures, how to sew, how to cut hair, how to do flips (???), how to take care of a baby and dogs and cats, and woodworking.

Me: Anything else you want to share about Unschooling?

Dora: I hate when there is kids who ask you questions like “How are you smart if you don’t go to school?” or math and spelling questions!