A friend who is an inclusion specialist sent me links for the following videos with the comment that this makes a powerful case for unschooling. Featured is a thirteen year old boy who was autistic, supposedly would never talk and couldn’t learn, whose parents despite their fear went against the advice of the experts, and pulled their son out of special education classes, noting that the longer he was there the more he was fading away. Instead, they tried a different approach – to let him explore his passion. And he’s now on track to win a Nobel Prize
Check out this link to read more! It includes an interview of him with 60 Minutes as well as a Ted Talk that he gave. Parents have such a strong sense of who our kids are and what they need, but it’s easy to discount that when people who are trained specialists tell us we’re wrong. These parents talk about the fear they had of doing something against the ‘experts’ advice’ but by listening to their inner voice, they freed their child to become who he was able to be.