A critic wrote on UnschoolingDiscussion:
We clearly missunderstand each other! A few examples do not make a majority or prove a point! I am happy for them all!
Schuyler Waynforth responded:
Absolutely, a few examples do not make a point. Those are anecdotes, or case studies. Unschooling has not been demonstrated as a method for teaching children that works scientifically. Unschooling, as it is advocated by this list, is not a method for teaching children, it is, as Joyce puts it so wonderfully at The unschooling philosophy :"The goal of unschooling is not education. It is to help a child be who she is and blossom into who she will become. Education happens as a side effect."So since unschooling is not something that exists with statistics and data to back it up, all that the evidence is anecdotal. Lists like this one are about sharing those anecdotes, explaining to others what has happened in the lives of unschooling children and families. Helping other people trust that learning happens all the time. If the only way unschooling can be a valid method within your life, not something that you believe to be purely coincidental in the lives of a lucky few, is if it has been or can be demonstrated statistically, than you may have to either wait a while since no one is trying to sell unschooling there isn't a lot to gain by demonstrating that it works or set up your own longitudinal study and wait the length of your study populations lives.
What proof do you have?
The proof of how well it is working can be seen and felt in the nature of our days together. —Karen James (Brilliant and effective)
Victory is what it feels like—the biggest victory in my life so far. I am my own healer and validator. Unschooling my every thought word and deed is my healer, my boys are the absolute proof of my victory and my healing. I am now a sweeter, kinder person—a less judgemental, critical and negative person. I have found again the joy, curiosity and fun that was squished (and often violently) out of my life so much as a child, and I can't get enough of it! Bring it on! Unschooling heals and rocks! —anonymous [Victory]
"We don't have to be tested to find out what we've learned. The learning will be demonstrated as we use new skills and talk knowledgeably about a topic." —Pam Sorooshian [Absolute proof]
As you say, the proof is in the living! The rightness, the evidence, the closeness, the joy, those are all found in this life. —Schuyler Waynforth [Slowly amazing]
It won't work unless people want it to work, and make the changes necessary for it to work.
Unschooling can prove itself if it's not thwarted.—Sandra Dodd [Unschooling can prove itself]