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'Unschooling' parents say their kids are ready for adulthood


A mum-of-four who was so worried about social media pressure that she took her youngest children out of school insists that allowing them to explore nature and choose their own curriculum has better equipped them for adulthood. A mum-of-four who was so worried about social media pressure that she took her youngest children out of school insists that allowing them to explore nature and choose their own curriculum has better equipped them for adulthood. Believing that the arrival of social media put young people under extra stress, Amy Sayle, 41, and her concrete pump operator husband, Steve, 44, decided to take their daughter Ebony, now 18, out of mainstream education in 2005, when she was 13. Seeing how she flourished under an ‘unschooling’ regime - where children learn only what they want to - the couple, of Balnarring, Victoria, Australia, then did the same with their younger sons, Bodhi, nine, and Kai, seven.

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