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Unschooling

I will be putting information on and resources for unschooling on this page so check back soon!

Unschooling
(My Personal Version)

 
I think that unschooling is possibly the most misunderstood method of home education simply because it is so far removed from what most of us think of as "learning". Those of us who were raised with the (erroneous)idea that "teaching=educating=learning" which was force fed to us when we were growing up in the school system have a difficult time relating what unschoolers do to that narrow definition of "learning". When most people look at unschoolers they see children who are doing "nothing", but unschoolers see it very differently. 
 
To unschoolers LIFE=LEARNING. Period. There is no separating the two. Education is not something that is done *to* us. Unschoolers know that anything in life can be "educational" and that learning need not be boring or force fed. (As a matter of fact they will probably argue the point that if it is force fed it isn't true learning but merely "regurgitation".) Learning is something we naturally do as human beings. Unschoolers trust that children will naturally learn what they need to learn to be successful in their lives when the love of learning that we are all born with is left intact. They also know that learning doesn't end when you finish the last page of the workbook, or when you finish taking the course, or even when you graduate. True learning *never* ends!
 
But unschooling goes beyond even the concept of "learning". I think unschooling, especially radical unschooling, boils down to one simple concept: *letting go* and *trusting*. When we let go of our need to be in charge, of our need to "teach", and let our children take as much control of their own environment as they are capable of handling, a wonderful thing begins to happen. They begin to blossom and we begin to relate to our children as *people*! 
 
It's a radical concept but it's a concept which can enhance (and even permanently alter) one's ideas about children, learning, relationships, and life in general.

Unschooling Books:

I'm still looking for the perfect unschooling book. Haven't found it yet, but here are few of the one's that I think are worth mentioning:
 
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn
 
Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go To School by Grace Llewellyn
 
The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Classroom by Mary Griffith
 
And What About College? by Cafi Cohen
 
Parenting a Free Child: Living the Unschooled Life by Rue Kream
 
Moving a Puddle by Sandra Dodd
 
And of course anything by John Holt or John Taylor Gatto is a must in my opinion!
 
 

Unschooling Links:

Sandra Dodd articles pages

Joyce Feteroll's site

Unschooling articles

Life Learning Magazine

Live Free Learn Free Magazine

Live and Learn Conference