I found a quote I thought would be worth bringing to new unschoolers:
"Isn't it scary that many school-age children associate learning with fear of failure..."
It's from an article by a mom in Australia and it's here: http://knol.google.com/k/danielle-neale/natural-learning/2uowrjkg1y...
Her page there is fine, but that one line struck me and stuck with me.
Not to get into school a lot, just that one point: School *creates* failures. It must do so. If some kids don't fail, then how can others "succeed"? If some kids don't "get bad grades" then "good grades" are worth nothing.
So if you're still wondering whether school might have something your kids need, put that on the list of things your kids do NOT need.
With unschooling is there still the potential for failure? Failure to do what? In a rich, supportive, optimistic environment, a child cannot fail to learn. There's a possibility that parents will fail to provide a rich, supportive, optimistic environment, but if you're reading this, you're surrounded by people who can help you do that!!
Just in case you're afraid of failure, here's a checklist of things to avoid:
How to Screw Up Unschooling
, to which two dozen experienced parents contributed.
You can do this! Choose smiles over frowns and optimism over pessimism and watch your lives blossom.