Books and materials for free downloading about homeschooling, unschooling, and learning outside of school. Books and articles about unschooling math. The term “unschooling” likely derives from Ivan Illich’s term “deschooling”, and was coined by education philosopher John Holt who is. In , Marlene Bumgarner, a homeschooling parent, hosted author John Holt in her home while he was in California for a lecture tour. While he played in the.

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This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. I won’t say these are not problems, but people who want to solve them can solve them. The next day I would do it again.

One question which often comes up is “How am I going to teach my kids six hours a day? You don’t have to have every resource for your children, and if you did, they wouldn’t have enough time to make use of all of them. And until very recently there were no people at all who jjohn trained in teaching, as such.

Since spontaneity was dangerous – it conflicted with the teacher’s view of how children should act – lying was a valuable survival technique. I don’t believe in formal fixed curriculums, but it may very well be that when parents and children start off, they’re both a little nervous.

A Conversation with John Holt – The Natural Child Project

I think children are attracted toward the adult world. I don’t know how many families use or have used their materials, but the quality of the materials I have seen, and the range of courses they offer, suggest that this organization, too, serves a large number of people, few of whom can have been or be certified hlt.


Unfortunately, our education system has become a mess of political interference, special interests and teachers unions based more on seniority than competence. We would push the victim around, ridicule him, pull his shirt out, spin him around, dust the chalk erasers on his clothes, mess up his hair, and chase him on the playground.

Since we were always in groups [author’s emphasis], the teasing of these boys, two in particular, was nearly unending. The function of law schools is much less to train lawyers than to keep down the supply of lawyers. These changes included the relationship between children and the teachers and school community. I don’t want to feel I’m sheltering my children or running away from adversity.

On the playground they had to avoid being seen. As a child, I went to the “best” schools, some public, most private. But the school is a kind of artificial institution, and the home is a very natural one.

John Holt (educator)

Creating Your Own Path: This is inherently interesting, so let’s at least make this part of our life – like every other part – accessible to children. But other times, if the children want to go, then that means they’re immune to the manipulation the schools can do with the children who don’t have a choice about whether they have to be there or not.

In Freedom and Beyond I gave this example: Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were.

Rist followed these children through three years of school, and reported, first, that these children’s first and second grade teachers also tracked by tables within their classes, and secondly, that only one of the children assigned in kindergarten to one of the two bottom tables ever made it later to a favored table.

The same ubschooling is true of physics. On the contrary, there is every reason to believe that large majorities of the people strongly dislike many or most of the unwchooling that most schools promote today. They are a kind of surplus, an overflowing, in people who have enough love and respect for themselves and therefore have some left over for others.


Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website. Attacked from all sides, the hopt say plaintively, “But we didn’t invent these values.

Common Objections to Homeschooling – The Natural Child Project

What are good reasons? One of the reasons why growing numbers of people are so passionately opposed to the public schools is that these schools are in fact acting as if someone had explicitly and legally given them the power to promote one set of ideas and to put down others.

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I had forgotten how to balance an equation, but I went out and bought a college textbook on the subject, a history of discovery of the elements, and some model atoms, and in the next month we went off into a tangent of learning in which somehow we both learned college-level science. Except when briefly united in such hatred, far too many of us see our fellow-citizens, even those unschoooling our own color, religion, etc.

What about the child’s social life? This is essentially what the U. Educators often ask me these two questions in the same meeting, often within a few minutes of each other.