I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately. One thing I’ve noticed? There’s not a lot of unschooling blogs out there, at least not ones that are tagged with “unschooling” or “unschool”. It makes me feel like I’m a bit alone in the world.
Then there’s all the blogs I see from other homeschooling families. Most of the blogs I’ve come across are from parents with younger kids, a lot of them preschool age or elementary age. I’m starting to feel like a lot of families drop off once their kids get older, or at least stop blogging about it. It’s starting to feel, once again, like I’m an island. Even fewer are the families that sent their kids to school for a while, then brought them back home.
I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the amount of time it takes to homeschool kids. As I’m finding out, just having three at home means a lot more work than it used to. It would be different if we weren’t trying to keep up to state standards. We would do a lot more of what we did in Texas, playing and having fun. I can imagine moms that do traditional homeschooling have to dedicate a lot of their day to it, especially if they’ve got a small hoard of minions looking up to them as I do. It’s going to be even more work when I’ve got a high schooler to add to the midst.
And unschooling families are generally on the go, too busy exploring the world to stop and blog, I guess. I know I used to have a lot of time when we were unschooling before. Even now, I’m finding I still have a decent amount of time, even with the kids doing more traditional work as a background for it all. Thankfully they mostly like the traditional work, so that helps. (You should see Luca when “It’s time to Explode the Code!” Then there’s an explosion sound, complete with hand gestures.) Still, it feels like there should be a lot more out there. Maybe they’re just not writing about it?
Still, even as an island I feel like we’ve kind of got a duty to the world as ambassadors for unschooling, even if we’re not perfectly unschooling. I feel like the world needs to know what it’s about and what we’re up to, if for no other reason than helping people understand that unschooling isn’t just a bunch of people who let their kids do whatever they want and raise children that aren’t capable of functioning in the world. I can’t say as we’re “doing it right”. We’re certainly not the radical unschoolers that we used to be, but I hope to get back there someday.
In some ways, I feel like not having a huge community of unschooler blogs makes us stand out in a way. There aren’t many of us, but maybe I can inspire someone to write about their journey. Maybe I have something valuable to contribute through showing the world just what we do. Plus, this can stand as documentation of exactly what we do every week.
So, some day we’re going to join the ranks of radical unschoolers again. Hopefully by then we can make contacts with other radical unschoolers. Through it all, I hope that we can maintain our blog and keep showing people just how it’s done in our house. And maybe, just maybe, we can connect with some more unschoolers through blogs. I guess we’ll have to see as time rolls on.