These Australian kids are missing out on learning basic life skills. It’s time to call that what it is: Neglect.
That’s right. Instead of classes, chapters and tests, children are expected to rely on play, curiosity, travel and family discussions to learn. Oh, and unschooling is all about “learner-led” education — meaning, quite literally, that children just get to choose what they want to do each day. (Uh-huh…)
If that sounds irritatingly new-age or just downright shocking to you, you’re not alone. Because as a NSW parliamentary inquiry report has just found, the increasingly popular education trend may amount to “educational neglect”.
“The committee is concerned that taken to its extreme, children who are unschooled may not achieve even basic levels of literacy and numeracy,” the inquiry’s newly released report says. “The application of unschooling may constitute educational neglect.”
The committee’s deputy chairman, Greens MP John Kaye, added that “subjecting children to unschooling raises serious educational and welfare issues”.
Despite those alarming revelations, NSW Premier Mike Baird has ruled out investigating the trend — this week signing an official response saying the government won’t support the inquiry’s recommendation for independent research into unschooling, Fairfax reports.