what does unschooling really mean? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 07-30-2004, 08:42 PM - Thread Starter
anabean's Avatar
Join Date: May 2003
Location: san francisco, ca
Posts: 632
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
and how is it different from homeschooling?
please enlighten my ignorant mind.

i'm really curious about unschooling, but have major biases. i think it's cause i don't know enough about it, though.

how does an unschooler go about life when they're college age? do they just NOT go to college? how does that work?

please forgive my ignorance, i hope none of this offends anyone. i am genuinely curious.

anabean is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 3 Old 07-30-2004, 09:49 PM
root*children's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: the South-East's Worst Kept Secret
Posts: 2,770
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Go to your library and find just about any of John Holt's books, also look for The Unschooling Handbook, or The Teenage Liberation Handbook. I know there are many other great reads, but those are my faves up til now.

Unschooling is basically child-led learning. It's using that inborn natural curiosity and love of learning that we're all born with. When one goes to a traditional school (be it public or private) we tend to lose that love or desire of learning.

College and unschooling fit so nicely together, if the person wishes them to. If an unschooled person is at college age and interested in doing something that requires college specialized classes, then that person can and will succeed very well b/c they want to be there (unlike most of the kids there, that are not happy to be there) and want to learn. Unschoolers tend to have a much broader view on our world than trad. schooled kids, so they can also feel confident enough to explore other arenas than college, like traveling, apprenticing at a craft or trade, etc.

go through the MDC archives on this forum, and you're bound to find answers to all your questions and concerns with unschooling

Mama of 3 amazingly sweet kids jumpers.gif, living the dream on our urban farm chicken3.gif

root*children is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 07-31-2004, 02:56 AM
UnschoolnMa's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Trying to release my cows..Join Me!
Posts: 14,840
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Unschoolers can and do attend college if that is the path they want to go down. You just identify what steps need to be taken to start attending, and then go about taking those steps.. easy as that Kristi

"The true measure of a man is how he treats a man who can do him absolutely no good."
peace.gif  Embrace the learning that is happening within the things that are actually happening!    
UnschoolnMa is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 15,953

93 members and 15,860 guests
*green*faery* , 7soleil , AllTomorrowsParties , AMG , apeydef , averysmomma05 , bluefaery , camillabien , CarolS , Carolyn_mtl , Chaika , chickabiddy , chiefmir , Deborah , dislokate , Divas , emmy526 , EmSa , farmermomma , frugalmama , gldys_crz , GoGoGirl , greenemami , grisandole , happyhats , hillymum , Iron Princess , IsaFrench , ismewilde , Kelleybug , larali , Laura575 , Letitia , Lifted , lilgreen , LiLStar , Linda on the move , loba , Lolly , lu123 , mak127 , mama24-7 , mamabear0314 , marilyn612 , MDoc , MeepyCat , Milk8shake , Mirzam , moominmamma , MotherAtHeart , MotherNurture4 , MulberryMom , Mummoth , Mylie , Nenya , newmamalizzy , Nightwish , oaksie68 , olaz-b , philomom , rocky , RollerCoasterMama , rubelin , samaxtics , SandiMae , sarafl , shantimama , Shmootzi , sillysapling , Smella , Springshowers , stardogs , TourmalineMama , trmountain , typebug , VS Angela
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 01:21 PM.