For these kids, school is always out
Method of home schooling allows children to learn by pursuing their
interests rather than set curriculum
By Vincent J. Schodolski, Tribune national correspondent. Tribune staff
reporter Mary Ann Fergus in Chicago contributed to this report
Published March 12, 2006
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- Riley Brown is 12 years old and lives a life many of his peers might envy, or perhaps find incomprehensible.
On any given day Riley will probably sleep until he is ready to get out of bed and then spend his time doing whatever interests him. Maybe he'll play his guitar, or go to the park to meet with like-minded friends. Or maybe he will boot up his computer and start "playing around" with HTML codes.
His younger brother, Casey, 10, and his sister, Maggie, 5, do more or less the same thing.
And their mother, Deanne, could not be happier.
"I love unschooling," she said. "It has been the best decision I could have made for me and my family."
The Browns are part of an approach to education that is called "unschooling" and allows children to pursue what interests them, rather than trying to make them interested in things that interest others.
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