The Film Club: A Memoir (about unschooling)
Posted on 03/01/2011 in misc
The word unschooling is never used in this book, but trust me, this is a book about unschooling.
The author's 16 year old son is flunking out of high school. School just doesn't work for him. So he makes a deal with the kid. He can drop out, but he has to watch 3 movies a week with dad. How much can you learn watching 3 movies a week? How much can you learn about somebody else by watching 3 movies a week with them? I think we all instinctively know the answer to those questions is "a lot."
The author David Gilmour (not the guy from Pink Floyd) is a professional movie critic. His insights into the movies, the movie selections themselves, and his conversations with his son, are all fascinating. This book is a fun, quick read. But that doesn't mean that is doesn't have a much bigger message.
Content warning: The 16 year old in the book smokes, drinks, and fornicates with his girlfriends.. His father is aware of all of this. If that bothers you, don't read the book.