What is Unschooling?

This was the page that started it all for me... Thanks to Sandra Dodd and her amazing website, a plethora of choices, thoughts, inspiration and examples.

"Read a little, try a little, wait a while, watch."

LEARNING ALL THE TIME

People learn by playing, thinking and amazing themselves. They learn while they're laughing at something surprising, and they learn while they're wondering "What the heck is this!?"I have a discussion group called AlwaysLearning, where the principles underlying unschooling are discussed. There is a live chat each Wednesday: SandraDodd.com/room.

CAN IT WORK IN THE REAL WORLD?

If unschooling can't work in the real world, nothing at all can. People will say "How will they learn algebra in the real world?" Is there algebra in the real world? If not, why should it be learned? If so, why should it be separated artificially from its actual uses? "Why?" should always be the question that comes before "What?" and "How?" There is a Sesame Street book called Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum. There is a "things under the sea" room and "things in the sky" room, but still each room is just a room in a museum, no windows, everything out of context. Then he opens a big door marked "everything else in the whole wide world" and goes out into the sunshine. There is unschooling.
I've removed the link I had because used copies on Amazon are listed way too high. Don't pay over $5 for it. More images are here

NOT JUST FOR KIDS!

The way adults tend to learn things is the way people best learn—by asking questions, looking things up, trying things out, and getting help when it's needed. That's the way pre-school kids learn too (maybe minus the looking things up), and it is the way "school-age" kids can/should learn as well. Learning is internal. Teachers are lovely assistants at best, and detrimental at worst. "Teaching" is just presentation of material. It doesn't create learning. Artificial divisions of what is "educational" from what is considered NOT educational, and things which are "for kids" from things which are NOT for kids don't benefit kids or adults. Finding learning in play is like the sun coming out on a dank, dark day. [Playing ]

LINKS TO OTHERS' WRITINGS

Joyce Fetteroll
Pam Sorooshian
Deb Lewis
Robyn Coburn
Danielle CongerMary Gold
Ren Allen
Schuyler Waynforth
JennyCyphers
Kelly Lovejoy
Dan Vilter
Lyle Perry
Pam Laricchia
Ben Lovejoy
Kathy Ward
Linda Wyatt
Shell in NZ

SOME UNSCHOOLING ORGANIZATIONS

Regional groups, lists and resources
(by language, nation, state, religious or special focus)

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