The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling

Leo Babauta

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Leo Babauta writes today about a topic that interests me because we homeschool two of our boys…

There’s nothing I get asked about more as a parent than unschooling, and nothing I recommend more to other parents.

It’s an educational philosophy that provides for more freedom than any other learning method, and prepares kids for an uncertain and rapidly changing future better than anything else I know. My wife and I unschool four of our kids, and have been for several years.

And yet, as powerful as I believe unschooling to be, I’ve never written about it, because the truth is, I certainly don’t have all the answers. No one does.

The beauty of unschooling is in the search for the answers. If anyone had all the answers, there would be no search. And so what I’d love to teach unschooling parents and kids is that the search is the joy of it all.

But I’m getting ahead of myself: what is unschooling? Why should you do it? How do you do it? What should you read? We’ll talk about all that today.” Full story at: » The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling :zenhabits.

There are many reasons to homeschool, but the think that caught my eye in Leo’s post is this: unschooling “prepares kids for an uncertain and rapidly changing future better than anything else I know”…

I work in a career that didn’t exist when I was in college and everything almost all the skills I learned to perform in this career I taught myself. I’m going to drill down on Leo’s post and evaluate what he has to say…

6 thoughts on “The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling

    • Thanks, Ivon. I think we need to keep our minds open to new ways of learning that meet the challenge of our rapidly evolving society. I’ve taken one computer class in my life — it involved punchcards and mainframes and I swore that I’d never have anything to do with computers in my life. That was 1981. 30 years later? Think of all I had to teach myself just to have this dialogue with you… :-D

      • And I in turn. I have little actual training. Our children (sons and students) have taught me more. That is what I find quite interesting about the unschooling movement; the way it opens up learning to children helping with the teaching.

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