Laurie A. Couture on Attachment Parenting, Unschooling, Social Justice and The Planet

Unschooling Parents (Not School Teachers) Best Equipped By Nature to Guide Learning

20 March 2011 Categories: Blog, public school, unschooling

This evening I read the first sentences of an online article speaking of teachers in almost fantastical, iconic-like terms, painting a picture of nurturing, loving caretakers wiping away children’s tears, inspiring the passion of youth and shaping the future. I felt the indignation and frustration of years of working with children ages 3 to 18, whose spirits, bodies and psyches have been mangled by traditional schooling, often at the hands of teachers.

Contrary to the sentimental, somewhat maudlin cultural imagery of school teachers pouring out selfless nurturance, tending to the needs of youth or lighting the passionate fires of inspiration in grinning, alert children, the youth I have worked with and met over the years have painted me a very different picture. And it ain’t no Mary Cassatt. For six plus hours every day traditional teachers indoctrinate, control, coerce, punish and regiment. They deny children their basic physical and emotional needs, hold children hostage against their will, stifle creativity and freedom of movement and force-feed them irrelevant, dull, boring theories and biased “facts” prefabbed by the government. They ooze ubiquitously into children’s home and free time with homework expectations that strangle play, exploration and family time. When children cannot tolerate the terrible, developmentally inappropriate environment of schooling, teachers are often the arm of the school system that coerces parents into believing their children are “disabled” and are thus in need of chemical restraint (aka: “medication”). [...]

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So You Want to Unschool Your Child or Teen? Yes, you CAN do it!

02 March 2011 Categories: unschooling

So you want to unschool your child or teen? Yes, you CAN do it!

I have uploaded six videos to my YouTube Channel, explaining the five steps to the unschooling process.

The Five Steps to Unschooling:

1. As parents, deschool your beliefs about education

2. Let your children play and follow their interests

3. Hook into resources in your community, provide materials related to your child’s interests and get involved in your local and online unschooling communities

4. Document your unschooling journey with a portfolio and daily log book

5. Trust nature’s learning process for your child! [...]

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