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Looking for a SECULAR unschooling board

Hi, we are looking for a new secular (ie nonreligious) unschooling board for our kids, if anyone has a recommendation, we would love to hear it!

Also, if you don’t know what unschooling is (or disapprove of it, essentially the same thing), please Google it, and bear in mind that public schools are not available to everyone.

What is your favorite board and why? We are specifically looking for an unschooling, not a home school only board.

Thanks 🙂

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  1. Jaye Gillott Jaye Gillott says:

    Have you checked out the Edmonton homeschooling pages? You might get more help there. There are many secular unschoolers in the groups.

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  2. Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

    I love the idea of unschooling! I had researched it a lot when my daughter was little and wish I could have gone that route. If I didn’t have to work I definitely would have. I don’t have any suggestions just wanted to say I think it’s awesome you are doing it 🙂

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    • I work 2jobs and just graduated from college for the 2nd time in 12 months with a 4.0(worked both programs concurrently for 2yrs rhen just the one program this year). We just had our year end meeting to close out our 11th yr of homeschooling. Where there is a will there is a way. While it is far from easy to work and homeschool, it can be done. So keep your mind open to it in the future.

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    • Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

      We learn about her current preferred interests at home and try and include those experiences in our daily life around her school schedule. I personally with everything on my plate don’t have the time and think it would be unfair to have her in childcare all day and then having to do school work outside of those hours. It just makes better sense for our family right now that she attend school. But i do respect those that do it and think it’s an amazing approach to education.

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  3. Jaime Sharon Jaime Sharon says:

    if you scroll down on this page, someone asked about this a few days ago!

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  4. There are no boards that are only unschooling. All will be homeschool boards, you just need to find one that focuses on traditional rather than aligned if you want to unschool. Pheonix and home learning connections I believe are secular. That said the majority of board are affliated with christian or catholic schools but never push their religion on people. Being open to those would help you find a better fit. THEE and wisdom are traditional only boards that support unschooling. We are with school of hope this year and while not officially unschooling we were very relaxed due to circumstances and they really supported it. Just register as traditional and keep a portfolio. I showed a lot of photos to our facilitator this year to show learning where specific curric was not used. She loved it.

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  5. Can someone tell me why not knowing about unschooling is the same as disapproving of it? I’ve never heard of it, but my daughter is 27 and long since out of the school system. As schooling is not something currently in my orbit I’m not sure why I would know about it. I’m not aware about currently schooling period. Thanks in advance.

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  6. Why ask for advice and then tell the people you are asking to google the topic?? Rude.

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      actually, no, they were not advised to google the topic, but to google unschooling if they didn’t know what it was, to try to prevent the thread getting clogged up with people asking and telling what unschooling is rather than offering suggestions for boards. nice of you to jump to insults though. hope the rest of your day is as pleasant as you are!

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    • If they don’t know what it means why would they give advice? I found it to be rude. Just ask your question and take whatever feedback comes, or don’t ask.

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    • Tania Coleman there was a similar thread a couple days ago and it was filled with people asking what it was and then claiming it was wrong. I can understand why this one is worded the way it is based on that other thread. What is actually rude is placing judgement against someone because you don’t like what they are doing instead of answering the question. Don’t lie unschooling, great make a different choice for your kids, the question is about picking a school board to register with. You don’t see homeschoolers jumping on a thread asking about public schools and claiming it is wrong. If you don’t know the topic don’t reply on it. Easy peasy.

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    • Leslie Young Leslie Young says:

      I think it was rude also “Also, if you don’t know what unschooling is (or disapprove of it, essentially the same thing)” . Because I disapprove of something does not mean I know nothing about it , it really just points to the arrogance of the OP

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    • I think the point was if you disagree with it keep that opinion to yourself. It was a thread asking for specific names of boards not asking if they should do it in thw first place or if everyone approved.

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  7. Nicole Maher Nicole Maher says:

    Argyll is the secular public homeschooling board and they are unschooling friendly.

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  8. Nicole Maher Nicole Maher says:

    Maybe next time ask your questions to some of the many homeschooling groups on fb instead of to a shout out group that may not have the answers you want and probably won’t be supportive. Feel free to message me if you need help finding these fb groups.

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  9. So… genuine question..
    How does one apply for university?

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  10. Everyone qualifies for public school and is let in automatically unless you are choosing a school outside of your district…dont know where you got your information

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  11. Every person I know who was home schooled wished they went to a regular school. The memories they make. The experiences….. the socializing…. the structure….. it all plays a part in their adult yrs. I dunno as a kid I wouldn’t want to be home schooled…..

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    • Rose Savoie Rose Savoie says:

      Eyeroll.
      That’s funny because I was homeschooled and u definitely didn’t lack for socialization. I enjoyed my childhood years of homeschool way better than the years I was in public school.

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  12. I’ve never heard of this but I’m interested in learning more. If there’s a community could someone PM me so I can just talk to people? Thanks in advance.

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  13. Rose Savoie Rose Savoie says:

    Then they will be motivated to learn the subjects they need and get into college/university. I’m not sure what’s so hard to understand about that.

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  14. Glenda Garm Glenda Garm says:

    But my question is, if they don’t have the “appropriate ” education and marks, will they be accepted into post secondary? I’ve never heard of this before

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  15. Rick Benford Rick Benford says:

    Absolutely they can go to any college or university same as anyone else.
    What your assuming is all home schooled kids are stupid when in fact it is the exact opposite! Most home schooled kids score higher then those who went the traditional route. This is because they don’t have the distractions of over populated classrooms with lack of educators to go around.

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  16. Glenda Garm Glenda Garm says:

    Mr. Rick Benford, I am not assuming anything or calling names. Like I said, I have never heard of this before, so I guess I am wondering out Loud. Asking a question. Please don’t assume anything

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  17. Nasab Radwan Nasab Radwan says:

    That’s a good question, Glenda. Don’t be discouraged for some of the comments . Sometimes people don’t take a moment to see where your question is coming from and automatically assume you mean ill intent.

    I understand what you’re asking. When applying for post secondary the initial paperwork asks for transcripts and exam records and grades from your high school career. You are required to have your school send that information out. If you do not attend a traditional form of schooling, how would you submit that information and is that information looked at and weighed in the appropriate manner as tradition school? That’s a wonderful insight. I attended traditional schooling so I don’t actually have the answer but I would assume that they would still accept your unschooling transcripts albeit in a different form and manner

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  18. Glenda Garm Glenda Garm says:

    Thank you Nasab Radwan , yes, I was just wondering. Like I said, I have no idea about this topic. Find it interesting and maybe it would be the best way to go, seeing as to how our education system is kind of lopsided!!! Again,my opinion

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  19. Haha get a load of this stuck up b**ch just cause one hasn’t heard of something doesn’t mean they disapprove of it.

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  20. Don’t you need a degree in education to teach?

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