My Unschooling Book Series (12)
This morning, while I was reading through the draft version of my unschooling book, I came across a few transcripts from various podcast episodes. They gave me a new idea. Could I use some of my podcast content in my book? I don’t want to publish transcripts because spoken words are very different from written ones. But what if I chose a few podcast episodes, listened to them, and then rewrote the ideas contained in each?
Often I’m asked to transcribe my podcasts. Someone might say, “I find it hard to listen to podcasts, but I’d really like to know what you said in this week’s episode. The topic sounds very interesting.” Transcribing is very time-consuming and so I haven’t done much of it, despite the requests. But maybe including podcast material in my book will make it available to everyone.
I suspect the first draft of my book is going to change a great deal before I’ve finished with it!
At the moment, I’m writing about starting unschooling. How did our family find our way back to unschooling? Was it a conscious decision? Perhaps I got up one morning and said to my kids, “I’ve done all the research. We’re going to be unschoolers again!” No, that’s not what happened.
I didn’t really consider unschooling even though I did read a bit about it. Maybe it secretly attracted me though I knew we could never return to it. I still thought unschooling was about letting children do whatever they wanted without any parental involvement. I still couldn’t see how this could work. But I was tired. What we were doing wasn’t working. So I let my imagination wander: If we unschooled, life would be far easier. I probably wouldn’t have to do much at all. I wouldn’t have to write a curriculum or find resources or work with my children. Unschooling parents don’t do any of these things. Like the critics, I thought unschooling was a lazy way of homeschooling. Of course, I was completely wrong.
I don’t know if I’ll use any of those words, but I’ll post them because they remind me that it’s easy to misunderstand unschooling. When we don’t have the right information, unschooling doesn’t make sense. I’ll keep writing…
So I’m wondering if you had to change your ideas about unschooling? Perhaps you’re still researching and pondering and trying to work it all out? I’d love to hear your story!