relaxing into unschooling

relaxing into unschooling


Before unschooling can truly flourish, parents and children need to undo old ideas about learning. This process is called deschooling.

This isn’t always easy, and it usually takes longer than we wish it would. But it is a critical part of launching a successful unschooling life.

While learning to relax into this process, it may be useful to remember the mantra Sandra Dodd coined:

Read a little
Try a little
Wait a while

Thanks for today’s unschooling voices: Sandra Dodd, Jan Hunt, Jerry Mintz, James Daniel and Kelly Lovejoy.  And thank you Tom Chapin for “Grow in Your Own Sweet Way” which always gives me a lump in my throat.

6 comments to Deschooling

  • Crystal


    Thanks so much for your thoughtful podcasts

  • Oh that sweet song at the end! What it would mean to the world if more parents truly felt that way!

    I’ve been thinking about my lack of general curiosity (except for in certain areas), and wondering how/if I could rekindle that in my sixties….

  • Caroline

    Thank you! It’s taken 17 months to deschool my, now 13 year old, daughter. All I have to say is that, it’s been the toughest and yet, the most rewarding experience of my life.

  • I just re-listened to this.
    Since I think I started approaching life in a compromised way in infancy (ie from a vigilant place of feeling the need to prove my validity as a human being), and since I’m now 60, I figure I need 5 solid years of deschooling. I just signed myself up.

  • Tina

    You never know what ANYONE is learning. So crucial to remember when unschooling, raising children in general and in the way we treat others of all ages. I get that fuzzy warm mom feeling when my (just turned) 5 year old surprises me with his knowledge. :D

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