A Survey of Grown Unschoolers: Overview of Findings
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As an educator, reading specialist, and expert in learning differences, I see a lot of families grapple with whether to unschool. I work many with kids, one-on-one, who are “twice exceptional”, which essentially means they are gifted but also have learning disabilities, or ADHD, or some alphabet soup after their name. These kids stress about the box of school, and fitting into it, and are often good candidates for unschooling models. They are able to ‘follow their bliss,’ as it were. And their IQ is often over 130. However, the majority of children are not a good fit for unschooling, and need some combination of structure, lessons, deadlines, repetitive drill, and (gasp) even worksheets. I work with children who don’t even enjoy holiday breaks, because the structured day of school is missing. Living in Seattle, I often hear parents say, “Well Paul Allen and Bill Gates dropped out of college…” Well, yes, but their IQs were in the stratosphere! I have only seen unschooling work effectively, for long periods of time, with highly organized parents, and high IQ kids.

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