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What is Unschooling?

By Leo Babauta

Unschooling is a version, a subset, of homeschooling -- schooling at home. I also think it's the best version of homeschooling (or learning in general), because it prepares you for life, for being an entrepreneur, for learning anything, for being autonomous.

What makes unschooling different from other homeschooling methods? Often when people homeschool, they just do school at home -- do a curriculum with math, science, reading, history, etc. at home, often with similar teaching methods and books.

But that doesn't take advantage of the freedom of homeschooling! We can do whatever we want, because there are no rules, no one to tell us we're doing it wrong, which means we can get creative as hell.

So unschooling throws all the rules of school out the door:

A simple musing based on an interaction with my children

On Kicking Thoughts

Words can hurt faster than they can heal.

People say things often in the heat of the moment which would have been best left unsaid. Some things, just cannot be "unsaid".

Over the course of ten minutes, I had four talks with my children regarding how they use their words and what sort of affect they can have on people. One conversation was about speaking to each other respectfully. Another was about embellishing the truth. The last two, were probably the most important and related specifically to an interaction between my daughter and my son.

My son told one of my daughters secrets. He didn't do it to be malicious, but the betrayal was definitely felt by my daughter. Because of that, her words and actions towards him were embittered. He's a pretty sensitive kid, so her tongue lashing really hit home.

I had an opportunity to talk to them both about trust. But specifically about how their actions and what they say can engender different kinds of trust. My daughter now knows that she can trust my son to reveal her secrets if she shares them with him. My son can trust that my daughters wrath will quickly follow if she shares her secrets.

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