Sunday, March 10, 2013

John Stossel hated school. Investigates unschooling.

In case you missed it, last week, John Stossel did a segment on unschooling as part of his “Education Blob” special.  In the segment he pointed out that the number of homeschoolers is on the rise nationally, a whopping 75% since 1999. This puts the number of homeschoolers in the nation about equal to those attending charter schools. He shares that the number of families that homeschool today for religious purposes is on the decline as the choice today is more likely to be the result of dissatisfaction with the government schooling system.  He informed viewers that compared to publicly schooled kids, more homeschoolers go to college and once there they do better than the other kids in college.

He brought an unschooled (a form of homeschooling) youth and a parent to the show to discuss how this option works. He asked, "What would happened if children wanted to veg all day?" He also shared that like many students, he hated school and if he had the choice he would have just watched TV all day.  Considering that his profession ended up being that of a TV personality, his instincts to do so, may not have been off!

In this segment Amy Milstein (unschooling parent) and Jude Steffers-Wilson (unschooler) explain to Stossel and his viewers how learning through life works. Why if given the choice “vegging” gets old quickly, and why homeschooled kids are so well socialized as opposed to schooled kids who are forced in an unnatural setting of being segregated by age in a room all day with 30 others of someone else’s choosing.  

You can check out the segment below.


  1. Home school and online schooling are increasing but I don't think it's because people hate schooling. Parents just want a little more control over their childs progression academically and that's totally understandable.

  2. I homeschool my kids because of the very things discussed here on Innovative Educator--schools' ridiculous emphasis on testing, the way they turn education into a chore, and endless homework, among other things.

    I just discovered this site and I'm drinking it up. I'm so excited to find an educator who also supports homeschooling! I think innovative teachers and homeschooling parents have the same goals and often the same methods, just through different mediums (school or home).