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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:00
The term “unschooling” was coined in the 1970s and popularized by John Holt, an educator who is widely regarded as the father of unschooling. Although unschooling is thought to be a type of homeschooling, unschoolers tend to be as far removed philosophically from homeschooling as they are from conventional schooling. Holt’s philosophy, in short, is that people are basically learning animals; children like to learn and this “liking to learn” needs to be nurtured, not destroyed.

Unschoolers believe learning is a natural occurrence and that children can learn what they need to know in the process of life itself. They can learn math in the supermarket, science and history in museums, social skills every step of the way - life is rich with learning experiences and (according to the theory) unschooled children suck up all they can, unfettered by social convention that could bog down their creative spirits.

Unschoolers take on education as a lifestyle. They do not rely on a curriculum and schedules. Instead of using classes, homework, and grades, there is a facilitation of natural learning that is based on daily circumstances, such as the children's curiosity and household responsibilities. While critics of unschooling say that unschooled children will lack the social skills, structure, and motivation of their peers, especially in the job market, proponents of unschooling say exactly the opposite is true: self-directed education in a natural environment makes a child more equipped to handle the real world. Here are some great websites and blogs about unschooling:

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 February 2011 23:15