Saturday, September 28, 2013

Article on Homeschooling, leaning toward unschooling, Southern California

Home school no longer just for the deeply religious, enters mainstream

Not a very good title for the article; I think the editor didn't read very carefully. But Pam Sorooshian was interviewed, and that helps. There's a comparison to some statistics from 2007 and 2012, but it explains why those don't cover everyone. And in neither set was there a majority of religious homeschoolers.

Much of the focus is on how homeschoolers can get into California universities. Wes Beach is quoted, too.

The same article is in the Los Angeles Daily News site, so I'm not sure what the arrangement is between the two. Los Angeles Daily News' byline is "By Rob Kuznia, LA Daily News" and at the bottom it says "Rob Kuznia covers education for the Daily Breeze," so perhaps The Daily Breeze is a subsidiary.


Pam Sorooshian said...

Both The Daily Breeze and The Daily News \ are part of the Los Angeles News Group which is a company that runs nine daily newspapers in Southern California. The reporter spent a lot of time talking with me and also some other people. He interviewed people at our park day. Considering he started with knowing absolutely nothing about homeschooling, much less unschooling, he came pretty far in a very short time.

The photographer came to our park day and was disappointed because she'd wanted to take pictures of "kids who are learning." I said that they learn through play and she said, "Well, okay, but not on playground." She managed to find a couple of kids immersed in some books that I'd brought to the park as give-aways.

Sandra Dodd said...

The note about the photographer reminded me of a similar story here, with a reporter who wanted to send newspaper photographers to take pictures of my kids learning.

Because the primary "method" of unschooling is living a rich life with a focus on learning and relationships, it's difficult to photograph. I've had newspaper reporters want to come and photograph my children unschooling, at our house. I told one reporter once that if she wanted to send a photographer, my kids were at various places around town, and I named places and times for the next couple of days. The gaming shop; Kirby teaching karate; Holly playing Harry Potter at a comic book store. I told her if they came to our house what unschooling would look like was a kid on the computer, or watching TV, or playing with toys. She was certain I was missing the point of what she "needed" to have photographed.