The Unschooling movement is growing in an unprecedented way. Thanks both to people like Leo that help spread the word and provide a lot of helpful advice, and also by technology that every time offers more tools to empower parents and makes the job of unschooling their children just a little bit easier (with all the difficulties this still has). But why is it that when we talk about unschooling we think only of the children and the school? Why do we live adult education and universities aside?
I am not a parent so I cannot talk about my experience as tutoring my children. But I am a university graduate, dissatisfied by the current models of education also. Yes, in a way it is easier to just focus on the children as their minds are blank canvas, but what happens to adults? What can we do to help all this students that got their heads molded (and still are being molded), afraid of curiosity, of failure, of trying things on their own?
I know because I was there at some point. I finished school thinking I knew what I wanted to do in my life. It took me 7 unhappy years to realized how wrong I was. It is not just about passion, telling people to look for their passion is good, but simplistic. It is much more than that. We need not only to unschool our children, but also learn our adults to unlearn what they have been learning for so many years. We need to treat people like kids in this sense. Let them investigate and learn on their own. Real innovation was never a result of building within confined structures but rather the result of people tinkering on the side. With constraints but willing to overcome them, learn what they have to learn and hustle their way into success.
After this 7 years of unhappiness I am glad to say that I started reaching out of the same places I had been going, I started to reach out to new people and looking for new experiences. Started talking to the entrepreneurial people in my city in Argentina, started going to new meetups of makers and tinkerers. This led to me participating in a Boot Camp in Chile that aligned very much with these thoughts. They base their learnings in two very important books that allow this process to go through: "Essay on Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson and "The Road less Travelled" by M. Scott Peck.
Right now I am part of the organization that delivers the program that is called Exosphere. I truly believe that it is possible to encourage our adults to a different life of pursuing higher goals and be happier, setting an entrepreneurial mindset, not only in work, but in all aspects of life. I invite you to read more about us, our community and activities also in our blog: http://blog.exosphe.re/ and if you are interested in our mission please reach out!