I removed the photo of the vid because it shows a child’s face and uses his name. The link is there if you want to laboriously copy it, or conversely, you can visit the BLH Facebook page and link from there.
It’s all cute and sweet (I suppose—I actually didn’t watch it), but what struck me was this sentence:
I think I will add it back to our routine.
What about this?
Notice the whole emphasis on choice? Notice that the 11-year-old “creates his own structure”?
. . . they all have the freedom to choose their own goals and guidelines.
What if the children do not want to learn ASL anymore? What if they think it’s a completely useless skill considering that no one in their family is deaf and they aren’t really given any opportunity to interact with many other people?
Why is it cute and good and “I think I will add it back to our routine” when it comes to something like ASL, but hey, algebra is just useless because who uses that in real life?
How many times have you needed to know ASL? I worked for years in hospital settings, and I had a far greater need to speak Spanish than to be able to communicate via ASL. Obviously, if one of the kids thought that he might want to work with deaf people as a career, then it might make sense to learn that particular skill, but she’s going to “add it back to our routine.”
Unschooling. Ain’t it great?