“My eldest will chat about gaming, physics, gravity or particles with other parents,” she says.
But they’ve taught themselves to read and have impressive maths skills.“Not just arithmetic, but a knowledge of compound interest, how to build a business, accumulate assets – all from their games,” Kim says. Quiet adult-only evenings disappeared as Corey decided to stay up late.Kai subsisted purely on tortillas and Nutella for two months before finally getting bored. “I’d always said it was bad for you, so he craved it. I had to take deep breaths, trusting him and trusting myself.But it nearly killed me.” The term “unschooling” was coined in the 1970s by American educator John Holt.Her RU blog may have seen hits double in a year, but she will only speak anonymously.
“I wouldn’t want to wave a flag that says, ‘Come and find me,’” she says.It absolutely isn’t like that.” Another perception is that it’s lazy parenting.“A traditional, authoritarian paradigm is much more hands off,” says Martin.As Dayna Martin tells me, “It’s extending that trust to every single area of that child’s life.We never live by rules, we live by principles.” As for how many unschoolers the UK has, hard numbers are tricky to come by, but there are signs it’s on the rise.Users can go from one conversation to another, seeing other users on their Android terminal.