Christine Yablonski and Phil Biegler appeared live on “Good Morning America” today to defend their controversial education method, which prompted an overwhelming response from viewers after a story about their family appeared on Monday’s show, titled “Extreme Homeschooling: No Books, No Classes, No Tests, No Curriculums.” Yablonski and Biegler, from Westford, Mass., describe unschooling as living as if the school system doesn’t exist. They don’t homeschool their children — they allow their teen daughter and son to decide what they want to learn, and when they want to learn it. There are no textbooks, no tests and no formal instruction.
After their story was featured on “Good Morning America” on Monday, viewers wrote in expressing everything from outrage to confusion to support, raising questions about the differences between homeschooling and unschooling, and how unschooled children could be prepared to function as adults. Today’s story details the controversy and includes video clips from both shows.