I let my mom do whatever she damn well pleases.
Do you really care?
I really don’t appreciate all the hate unschoolers get from society. They have this belief that just because the child can make its own decisions, they’ll choose the worst possible outcome. I believe this is a ridiculous assumption and I don’t understand why the general public jumps to the worst conclusion. Would I choose the worst choice just because I have the freedom to choose? Huh? Why would I?
Plus, who’s to say that the “worst decision” in your eyes is the worst decision after all? Maybe there’s some learning in there? Should someone pick the worst decision possible, I’m sure they have their reasons.
For example: What if an unschooler finds a large sum of money and invests it into a taco stand with explosive neon lights? Who’s to say that’s a bad decision? What if the unschooler has a deep passion for tacos? What if the unschooler likes bright lights? And what if this unschooler has an ulterior motive, like finding the best way to raise money for the totally underfunded “Sombreros for Penguins” fund? (Everyone knows that penguins tan very quickly and look very good in Mexican hats.)
Would you consider that a bad decisions just because it wasn’t YOUR interest???
Anyway, back on topic. What would you do if your mom says “I want to go to Madagascar”? Sure, you may doubt her, but you’re not going to stop her because she can do what she wants and maybe she’s follwing her passion. Maybe she’ll find some penguins in need of sombreros there too. Now, we all know our parents are grown people, so why not, let them do whatever they want? Now, if only us unschoolers could get similar recognition….
Anyhoo, just a quick little rant that I should stop before I start talking about penguins with sombreros again.