Unschooling for Social Change
The Freechild Project defines
as the process of learning through life,
without formalized or institutionalized
classrooms or schoolwork. Unschooling
relies on interpersonal relationships and
natural learning progression to have effect
on learners, instead of textbooks and
classroom teachers. Self-education is the
liberating practice of... teaching yourself.
believes that deschooling is
also anti-formalized and anti-institutionalized education of any sorts. However, this
process deliberately emphasizes the absence of the systemic approach to
learning, and negates the need for schools. Some homeschoolers use a "deschooling"
process to get ready for learning at home.
Point to Ponder
life, time, and brain should belong to you,
not to an institution." -
Grace Lwellyn in
The following list of organizations,
websites and publications identified by
provide a variety of information for
young people and their adult allies to learn
about unschooling and deschooling.
the Home Education Network, this site provides support for
unschooling, homeschooling, and self-directed learning. You will find
newsletter articles, reviews, resources, web sites, books and lots of other
information to help your homeschooling or unschooling efforts.
We are a resource for young
people who are marginalized by the school system, such as young mothers,
queer youth, youth of color, economically disadvantaged youth, and any other
youth seeking alternatives to... corrupt school system[s].
Learn in Freedom!
This site is
about learning in freedom, taking responsibility for your own learning. It
shows you how to use your own
initiative in learning, so you can use schools and teachers just when they
are helpful to you, and voluntarily
chosen by you.
Not Back to School Camp
A great gathering of unschoolers from all over the country, coordinated by Grace
A collection of writing and information by unschooled teens.
Creating Learning Communities Online Resource Center
The Coalition for Self-Learning envisions and
co-creates a world of cooperative life-long learning communities.
nonprofit organization led by young people committed to supporting
individual and community empowerment through self-education. To this end, we
utilize the tools of grantmaking, community organizing and outreach. We
believe that self-education is the practice of freedom.
Education Resource Organization
organization founded to advance learner-centered approaches to education.
AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications for
educational alternatives around the world. The site includes job and
internship postings, message boards, searchable databases, links to many
other important sites.
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How To Quit
School and Get a Real Life and Education
By Grace Llewelyn. Everybody who
reads this book swears by it. Grace is the modern champion of unschooling,
and her book bravely tells young people that "Your life,
time, and brain should belong
to you, not to an institution." In this book she explores several parts
of unschooling, including what to do, where to do it, and most importantly,
why unschooling should happen at all. She also importantly asserts that
unschooling is not for everyone.
The Unschooling Handbook
By Mary Griffin. This is the
very best book on the nuts and bolts of unschooling. If you are wondering
just what unschoolers do all day,
get this book.
What is unschooling?
By Earl Stevens.
Deschooling Our Lives
Edited by Matt Hern. This book is an anthology of essays devoted to looking at
what education is and is not. A great book about how pervasive schooling is and how we can break free from that
Teach Your Own
By John Holt. This is the
quintessential "how-to" book, written by the renowned
unschooling hero. The what
and how of daily living and learning at home and from life. In the words
Chilton Pearce, this is "an intelligent answer to the question of how do we save
our children from the tragedy of
And What About College?
By Cafi Cohen. This book shows how unschoolers can present their education and learning
in a way to make it
understandable for college admission officers.
How Children Fail
By John Holt. These
two books speak to Holt's experiences in the classroom and what he
eventually found untenable about the
system. Presented are reasons why families should pursue education outside
Learning All The Time
By John Holt. A
look by Holt at his own life and how he never stopped learning. His writing
about learning the cello at 50 will
Growing Without Schooling
This is a
magazine founded by
Instead of Education
(reprint 2004, Sentient Publications)
Homeschool Resource Centers
From the Alternative
Education Resource Organization.
Northstar: Self-directed Learning for Teens
Live Free Learn Free
The Unprocessed Child: Living Without
Challenging Assumptions in Education
(2000, The Alternate Press)
The Book of Learning and Forgetting
(1998, Teacherís College Press)
Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't
Go to School
(1993, Lowry House)