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Back to School - Or Not? Five Reasons to Consider Learning Without Schooling for Your Teen

Catherine Gobron | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Catherine Gobron

Here we are in August and teens across the country are getting ready to go back to school. Some of them are looking forward to it. And some are not....

Okay, You've Graduated from Homeschooling. What's Next?

Blake Boles | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Blake Boles

For those of you taking a path that doesn't include college right now, if you're not sure what to do with your life, choose the path that will make the best story later. You must continue to be an interest-driven, self-directed learner.

What Is It Like to Raise Unschooled Kids?

Quora | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Quora

As unschoolers, we live as though school (K-12) doesn't even exist. When my son shows an interest in any particular thing, I find ways to help him explore his interests in a way that will be productive and fulfilling for him in the long run.

College Prep for Kindergarteners?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Eventually, kids who are curious will want to learn from books, from teachers, from tech. But substituting top-down "education" for free play isn't preparing little kids for college or careers.

Staying in School is Not as Crucial As You Might Think

Catherine Gobron | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

School is optional. That's just true. School is one option for learning, one option for preparation for a successful future, one place to spend your...

Sunday Unschooling

Will Braun | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Will Braun

I realized later in life that many of the most creative, wise and spiritually grounded people I knew had little formal education.

For Me, the Future of Teaching Is Already Here

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

Sparks & Honey, a New York City-based firm of futurists, predicts that one of the top-ten new jobs in 2025 will be unschooling counselor. That's what I do now, and I can definitely see why many other professionals will soon be joining me.

Hackchurching: A New Approach to the Christian Lifestyle

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

Once I began just being a Christian instead of thinking about church, I could bring church anywhere at any time. I found a much stronger community because I could both mentor and be mentored at the same time, and my friendships kept me accountable. I began hackchurching.

Four Reasons to Quit School and Become a Teenage Homeschooler

Blake Boles | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Blake Boles

If you're trapped inside a school that doesn't engage you and you're willing to make a change, then I have good news for you: You can leave school tomorrow and never look back. All you have to do is become a homeschooler.

Thrive Right Now

Catherine Gobron | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Catherine Gobron

We put a colossal amount of energy into shepherding students through systems that don't quite fit for many individuals. For some, doesn't quite fit is an understatement. For some, real suffering and damage is taking place as they try to fit but don't.

Dropping In on Dropping Out: A Book Review

Zac Hill | Posted 05.04.2013 | Books
Zac Hill

There is something vaguely pyramid-scheme-feeling about a college dropout becoming successful by talking about how successful he's managed to be as a college dropout.

The 'Unschooling' Movement: Good Parenting or UNparenting?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 02.02.2013 | Parents
Lorraine Devon Wilke

The subject of parenting could possibly be the most discussed, debated, written about, studied, analyzed and frustrating practice in all of human experience.

12 Ways to Educate Yourself Without College

Blake Boles | Posted 09.09.2012 | College
Blake Boles

In an era of skyrocketing tuition fees, millions of students will find themselves unable or unwilling to finance the college package deal. Luckily, higher education doesn't have to be delivered by a college institution.

Eighth Grade Out!

Kenneth Danford | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education
Kenneth Danford

Somewhere along the 12-year stint of schooling, students need the challenge of answering, "What do I really want to learn? What kind of help do I need to pursue my dream?" Considering those questions is the seed for maturity.

Unschooling Shouldn't Be Child-Centered

Pamela J. Stubbart | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Pamela J. Stubbart

Advocates of unschooling and critics alike seem to understand the practice as a radically "child-centered" form of education. However, this distorts the vision of unschooling's intellectual father.

I Am Not for Homeschooling, I Am It

Kate Fridkis | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
Kate Fridkis

Thinking differently from most people about school is just part of my identity. How could I not? I grew up without school. My reality is different.

The Classroom Of An 'Unschooler,' Who Learns By Not Going To School

AP | By LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 10.29.2011 | Education

-- School's never out for 14-year-old Zoe Bentley. Nor is it ever in. The perky teen from Tucson, Ariz., explores what she likes, when she likes as ...

Refusing to Be Normal: A Homeschooler's Take on Mainstreaming Alternative Education

Kate Fridkis | Posted 08.22.2011 | Education
Kate Fridkis

When people emphasize that homeschoolers are normal, that we fit in, I find myself feeling a little frustrated. For just a moment, I find myself thinking, "We aren't just like everyone else! Our lives are a wild adventure!"

No Homework and Never a Test - The Life of an Unschooler

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

We don't have as much pressure from school and friends telling us what to like, so it's our responsibility to figure out how to spend our time.

Are Homeschoolers Hopeless Idealists?

Kate Fridkis | Posted 07.03.2011 | Education
Kate Fridkis

Homeschooling requires bravery. You have to be willing to be different. You will have to answer a lot of questions that start with the words, "But socialization...."

Why Not Empower Parents with the Dollars to Reform Education?

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lisa Nielsen

If parents wanted to put together learning co-ops they could pool their money to do that. Parents and their children, rather than the government, would determine what was best for each family.

Should Home Schoolers Take Tests For Tax Breaks?

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kate Fridkis

One of the problems with comparing school and everything that "unschooling" encompasses is that, well, they aren't comparable.

Homeschooling: For Trendy Brooklynites? Or People Like Me?

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kate Fridkis

School and home are never really perfectly balanced alternatives to one another. They aren't opposites. School is controllable and uniform to an extent that unschool can't possibly be.

Unschooling : How Good Morning America Got It All Wrong

Lee Stranahan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Stranahan

Unschooling is a type of homeschooling that promotes organic, self-directed learning without the structure of traditional education. My family has unschooled our kids for over a decade.

Who Needs School? Interview with A 17-Year-Old "UnSchooler" (VIDEO)

Lee Stranahan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Stranahan

Sanda Dodd is an renowned advocate of unschooling who lives in New Mexico. Here's an interview with her youngest, 17-year-old Holly, followed by two segments with Sandra herself.