With so many schools closed due to the pandemic, unschooling has its advocates (“Can We Take the Schooling Out of Home Schooling?” The New York Times, Sept. 25). It shuns curriculums, textbooks, tests and grades, instead lets children learn by following their natural curiosity.
That may be true for some children, but I don’t think it works for most. Most kids want direction from teachers. Left alone to discover what interests them, it’s unlikely they will receive anything close to a full education.
Unschooling is an extreme form of the child-centered approach to education promoted by Maria Montessori and John Dewey. It assumes that passion comes first, and competence will necessarily follow. But that is a huge stretch.
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