the network for radical unschooling families
I'm new to Radical Unschoolers Network. I have a 12 year old boy who lives for social justice (and a 10 yr old who sometimes joins in) discussions. When I saw your group I knew I had to join!
I find that we can have hour long discussions about anything that happens in any given day.
Life is full of injustice, just wondering if you all present unbias information and let them decide for themselves?
Ultimately, yes. I give as many sides as I can think of, and usually give my personal opinion expressed as just that, and my 12yr old boy takes it all in and makes his own decisions. He definitely appreciates my input, but very much has his own voice on many matters. But at 12, its so important they are guided to view as many sides of the story as possible since its unlikely any one person can come up with them all by themselves.
I'm in Columbia City. Alex would love a new chum. We just pulled out of the school system about a month ago...
Billie & Alex
Thank you for your post, I agree, allowing them to look at many sides of the issues is so important today. My method is similar as your post. At 12 it's interesting to see what they think. What answers they have and how they would go about making a change or doing things differently. As he goes along I may add in more important facts he doesn't know and let him once again come to a conclusion.
It's very interesting to speak to kids today.
I would love my son to chat with yours Billie - I'll see what I can do - funny that he is so passionate about social issues yet has no interest in using social media!!
I don't so much think of what I do as "presenting information" as sharing what I know and think about the world. I try to be conscious of my biases - a tricky feat in and of itself! I also try to understand others' perspectives - that's part of what drew me to unschooling, trying to see things from my stepson's perspective and then my daughter's.
Of course, I'm not the only or even necessarily the most important source of information in my kids' lives. Maybe when I was younger, but now that they're 9 and 17, they have plenty more influences of all kinds - people, books, music, movies, games, the internet....