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De-Schooling: Getting School Out of Your Head

By Leo Babauta

The biggest problem we had when we started about 5 years ago, as new unshcooling parents and students, is that we were stuck in the school mindset.

Unschooling is a vastly different approach from traditional school, and if your kids are in school and you want to take them out of school and unschool them, you still believe the old stuff for a long time:

It's really amazing how much this stuff is ingrained in our heads, from years of believing in it (and being raised to believe it by the school system).

What is Unschooling?

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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:

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