What is CCU-List ?
Unschoolers usually believe that the artificial methods of most schools can (and likely will) hinder or even damage the child's zest for learning. Many families all over the world have raised children with unschooling and seen their children thrive. John Holt, author and educator, coined the term unschooling in the course of his study and observation of children and how they learn. He stressed respect for the child and their need for freedom in all things, especially learning.
There are many books and articles available on the subject by John Holt, John Taylor Gatto, Sandra Dodd, Joyce Fetteroll and more. As an mom, new to unschooling, these are some of the voices which helped me understand the ideas and let go of old ideas and selfishness so I could put my children first. For a more detailed list of authors, web sites and books please visit our "Resources" page.
When my oldest child was 4 I joined an email list for home schoolers, knowing I would choose this path from the time she was a baby. It was a good list but as I discovered unschooling I began to see how different many of our choices in parenting would be. Knowing that there were other christians like me I started this list. My oldest is now a married woman and the poster child for an unschooling success. My son, much more of a challenge, has proven that it was still the most effective way to parent him. Two vastly different temperaments and both better for unschooling.
CCU is a forum for friendly exchange of information on unschooling and parenting. While discussion of differing views will be tolerated it must remain courteous and refrain from negative personal comments. All participants are expected to help maintain a welcoming atmosphere for all. While this list is inclusive of all, the majority of members are christian and a respect for all religious sensibilities is required.
~Kris Speed, owner and moderator CCU-List~
Doctrinal debates are, in my experience, always divisive and never fruitful. For this reason I think it would be wise to avoid them in the future. A friendly discussion of differences is fine but debate is out. After all, it states in the list description that debate is not appropriate.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I hate putting limits on the folks here, it really goes against my "unschooling" mentality.
By Lynda Braun
Okay, so we're a little relaxed here at CCU-List. All right, very relaxed. So relaxed in fact that sometimes people think they've subbed to the wrong list! Like several months ago, when a new subscriber had this question:
"I don't understand this CCU-List. I thought it was about relaxed homeschooling, and I feel like I am reading someone's email. Is there another list with CCU?"Of course we were all happy to reassure her! But I, being in an exceptionally inspired mood that day, responded with the following:
You know, that's exactly what I thought when I first subscribed to this list. I came here looking to find out more about Christian unschooling, and the big topic of the day was: "Porch Swings".
Are you saying that unschoolers are naturally off topic??
Well yeah, I suppose. But hey, you don't have to take it from me. I'm just a lowly web designer. Here's what Kris had to say when the "off topic" topic came up a while back:
A few people have expressed concern about the list being off topic and a departure from the ideals of unschooling.
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