Unschooling is the topic of a feature article at this morning’s online magazine, Salon.
“Endless Summer,” by editorial fellow Sarah Karnasiewicz, starts out with this definition: “Unschooling is a radical branch of home-schooling where kids control what and when they learn — free of teachers, schedules and tests. Unschoolers say it’s intellectually empowering. Critics call it irresponsible.”
Farther on in the three page article, Karnasiewicz explains unschooling again as being made up of: “…followers of a radical approach to education that rejects not just the routines of traditional school, but the authoritative ideology it represents. Unschoolers make up approximately 5 to 10 percent of all home-schoolers. They learn without teachers, curricula or exams; rather, their whole lives are laboratories in which skills and smarts are acquired piecemeal, through casual interaction with the world around them.”
The article quotes my favorite lines from John Holt, which begin with “All I am saying is … trust children.”
It’s an interesting piece, thoughtfully written, and a good introduction to the concept of unschooling.
“The most radical aspect of unschooling may not be its approach to education, but the way it reimagines childhood.”
A tip o’ the hat to Daryl.