Whatever learning activities adults want children to perform, they have to model themselves. If they want children to read novels, they have to read novels. If they want children to do science experiments, they have to do science experiments. If they want children to write blogs, they have to write blogs.
Unschoolers understand that 'modeling in order to influence' is inauthentic and kids know.
They know when you are doing something for 'their own good.' You, the adult with a young person or young people in your care should not do a thing with the goal of trying to 'get' them to do that thing. Do it because you love it.
There are so many pursuits out there- why restrict kids to what YOU think is the most worthwhile?
Here is another idea that does not fit with unschooling philosophy:
Math must be part of a critical core curriculum. It is one of the few subjects, along with reading and writing, worth making mandatory. No one should enter the productive world, nor can they make good life decisions,without a deep and comfortable experience with math.
However, there remains a perfect tool and context for math for the many people who do not share that passion. And that is a good spreadsheet, which can be created with Microsoft Excel, which many people have on their computers.
The built-in math functions of a spread-sheet have accurately captured a range of abilities necessary for planners, decision makers, and scientists to use.
Finally, spreadsheets allow for accessing in-formation visually through symbols as well
as graphs. Will Wright, the brilliant creator of SimCity and e Sims, mused in a conversation we had if it wouldn’t be better initially for a person to teach math without showing any numbers at all!
The truth here is that for schools, getting out of the way may be the best thing they can do. Students,
left alone, will build things. They will create unique,surprising ways to meet specific needs that only they understand (even if the need is to enable an elaborate prank).