Epic Rant: Does Authentic Parenting Leave Kids Ill-Prepared for the Real World?
Warning: Explicit. I’m not pulling any punches. This is one of the most important episodes I’ve recorded thus far. Not only does it address the fear and arguments often levied against this parenting and alternative education paradigm, but it makes a strong case for why reasonable people would never want to subject their children to “the system” — the school system, the government, the religion, and so on.
It’s based on the following two paraphrased questions:
- What do you say to people who worry about leaving kids ill-prepared to deal with authoritarian world?
- Won’t unschoolers (alternatively educated / autodidacts) be at a disadvantage to succeed in a world that’s based on the current system?
Thanks to Victoria for calling in with the question. Comments are open below!
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I couldn’t agree more. We homeschool our daughter. Well, her mother does, and I’m constantly saying that we need to teach the truth. The reality. Her mom insists on teaching the printed out cariculumn. And insists on teaching our daughter to listen to us. But I’m constantly asking why? I’d rather teach her to question us and guide her in choosing what’s best. We don’t have it all figured out and I’d hate to think I’m teaching her to be as broken as I am. It’s a constant battle.
Thank you, Kevin!
I loved this part – loved it all, but loved this part:
“subjecting kids to these things
to prepare them for these things
perpetuates these things.”
Truth spoken with clarity and wisdom.
I also enjoyed your take on degrees being “glorified permission slips”. That is exactly what they are.
Thank you for your courage, your work, and your brilliance!