Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. — United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, quoted in The Unschooling Unmanual


The people who are horrified by the idea of children learning what they want to learn when they want to learn it have not accepted the very elementary psychological fact that people (all people, of every age) remember the things… Read More ›

Learned behaviour

People who imagine that children are resistant to learning have a nonexistent understanding of how human culture developed in the first place. Culture is no more and no less than the totality of learned behavior and information that is passed… Read More ›


How do unschooling parents know their children are learning? The answer to this question is, to put it most simply, direct observation. — Jan Hunt in The Unschooling Unmanual Related articles The Teenage Liberation Handbook ( ‘Unschooling’ – education fad… Read More ›


The assumption that unschooling parents somehow lack awareness of their children’s progress, and therefore require formal evaluation of that progress, is related to the fact that unschoolers function outside the arena of the schools, and our philosophies and methods are… Read More ›


Some people think that a child’s cooperation is something adults are entitled to; they think it is something they can demand. But genuine cooperation cannot be demanded – it can only be earned, and must be given freely. When children… Read More ›

Put it down

No parent would tell her toddler, “Let’s put that caterpillar down and get back to your book about caterpillars.” Unschoolers learn directly about the world. — Jan Hunt in The Unschooling Unmanual Related articles The Teenage Liberation Handbook ( ‘Unschooling’… Read More ›


Have you ever thought about emigrating? I have. There are a few reasons why it will never happen – financial, educational, training and health. And while the first three may be overcome with time, the last will always be an… Read More ›


…the transfer, by the parents, of so much of their own authority and responsibility to the schools is in most ways a cowardly and contemptible business… —John Holt in ‘What Do I Do Monday?’ Related articles Quote This: John Holt… Read More ›


…it is our responsibility as teachers to have in our classrooms what the children need, to make a rich and varied environment for them to live, learn and grow in. ‘The school won’t let me get anything’ is not an… Read More ›

We Have A Name!

Researching homeschooling revealed to us that many homeschoolers choose to name their school. We all thought this was a fun idea, so we decided to put together an ‘unofficial’ lesson. (‘official’ lessons begin in January). Our lesson’s theme was elections…. Read More ›