A Great Unschooling Article-KY (again)

The only thing it left me wondering about was who Gail Withrow is and that she seems to be a bit tight in Homeschooling Correctness.

 They probably represent 5 percent to 10 percent of the more than 1.1 million home-schooled children in the country, experts say. But unlike traditional home-schoolers, most unschoolers reject structured coursework and age-appropriate learning.

 Wonder how they came up with that figure ?

 Can’t resist.  Cruising through the article, some more of those darn statistics reared up their crooked little heads.

 Unschooling’s growth

Experts estimate that unschooling is growing at about the same rate of home schooling, which increased 29 percent between 1999 and 2003, according to federal statistics.

Kentucky has 12,170 home-schoolers, a number that has not increased substantially since 2000

So KY’s growth isn’t growing at the 29% rate?  I don’t think the 29% rate is accurate as some other media and education sources get homeschooling mixed up with public school at home. 

I usually cringe at the homeschooling articles that pop out here and there but this article is a very good read.  

 Reading their description of unschooling reminded me that Abraham Lincoln was a great unschooler.  Regretted by him in not having the opportunity for a formal education, he still most definitely received a superior education as he needed and wanted,.

From Lincoln’s letter to Jesse Fell, enclosing an autobiography, December 20, 1859:
My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age; and he grew up, litterally [sic] without education. He removed from Kentucky to what is now Spencer County, Indiana, in my eighth year. We reached our new home about the time the State came into the Union. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals, still in the woods. There I grew up. There were some schools, so called; but no qualification was ever required of a teacher beyond "readin, writin, and cipherin" to the Rule of Three. If a straggler supposed to understand latin happened to sojourn in the neighborhood, he was looked upon as a wizzard [sic]. There was absolutely nothing to excite ambition for education. Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher to the Rule of Three; but that was all. I have not been to school since. The little advance I now have upon this store of education, I have picked up from time to time under the pressure of necessity.

From Lincoln’s autobiography (written in third person), June 1860:
Before leaving Kentucky, he and his sister were sent, for short periods, to A B C schools, the first kept by Zachariah Riney, and the second by Caleb Hazel.

His father’s residence continued at the same place in Indiana till 1830. While here Abraham went to A B C schools by littles, kept successively by Andrew Crawford,–Sweeney, and Azel W. Dorsey. He does not remember any other. The family of Mr. Dorsey now resides in Schuyler County, Illinois. Abraham now thinks that the aggregate of all his schooling did not amount to one year. He was never in a college or academy as a student, and never inside of a college or academy building till since he had a law license. What he has in the way of education he has picked up. After he was twenty-three and had separated from his father, he studied English grammar–imperfectly, of course, but so as to speak and write as well as he now does. He studied and nearly mastered the six books of Euclid since he was a member of Congress. He regrets his want of education, and does what he can to supply the want.

The election of 1834 came, and he was then elected to the legislature by the highest vote cast for any candidate. Major John T. Stuart, then in full practice of the law, was also elected. During the canvass, in a private conversation he encouraged Abraham [to] study law. After the election he borrowed books of Stuart, took them home with him, and went at it in good earnest. He studied with nobody.


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