What Is Unschooling?
Unschooling, for lack of a better term (until people start to accept living as part and parcel of learning), is the natural way to learn. However, this does not mean unschoolers do not take traditional classes or use curricular materials when the student, or parents and children together, decide that this is how they want to do it. Learning to read or do quadratic equations are not "natural" processes, but unschoolers nonetheless learn them when it makes sense to them to do so, not because they have reached a certain age or are compelled to do so by arbitrary authority. Therefore it isn't unusual to find unschoolers who are barely eight-years-old studying astronomy or who are ten-years-old and just learning to read.
Unschooling is not unparenting; freedom to learn is not license to do whatever you want. People find different ways and means to get comfortable with John Holt's ideas about children and learning and no one style of unschooling or parenting defines unschooling, as the following selection of books demonstrates. Ñ PF
Homeschooling With Gentleness: A Catholic Discovers Unschooling (2004) by Suzie Andres Click here for more information.
Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves (2002) by Alison MacKee. Click here for more information.
Christian Unschooling (2001) by Terri Brown with Elissa M Wahl. Click here for more information.
The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith (1998). Click here for more information.
The Teenage Liberation Handbook (1998) by Grace Llewelyn. Click here for more information