This review is given from a Christian perspective, so if you are not a Christian, you may want to skip over this.
I've been thinking about unschooling and wanted to learn more. If unschooling is as the author illustrates it, it is not for Christians.
The author illustrates unschooling as letting children go off and do what they want most of the days of the week. The "school" day is centered around the child. Christians believe everyday should be centered around God. Not only is unschooling portrayed as child-centered, but the lives of all the members in the author's family are incredibly self-centered (they do what they want, when they want to, because they want to).
The Bible says to love your neighbor. Yes, at times they are helping actual neighbors, but only after the child has decided that is was he wants to do (it sounds like a fun time to him). The author even says that he only helps his neighbors, not because they are in need, but because HE enjoys it (or gets something out of it)
The Bible says that children are foolish. The author talks about how his children teach HIM, and how intelligent children are in general.
The Bible teaches that children should obey parents and legitimate authority. The author seems rather proud of how rebellious he was in school. He even boasts about how he agreed to do as his parents asked (finish the semester before dropping out) but then rebelled by skipping classes. He even discusses how his own children are disobedient to him and his wife, but comes to the conclusion that it's okay for them to be that way.
The Bible teaches that humans are inherently sinful. The author states that he believes people are inherently good.
The book is so steeped with the author's non-Christian worldview that it's hard to know whether unschooling is not a viable choice for a Christian, or if it's just a bad resource for anyone who does not share Mr. Hewitt's worldview.
I would recommend that Christians look elsewhere for information on unschooling.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (15 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611801699
- ISBN-13: 978-1611801699
- Product Dimensions:: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Customer reviews: 76 customer ratings