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The term "unschooling" was coined by, 20th century American educator and author, John Holt. His contention was that children should never have education imposed on them against their will.  The term is broadly used to refer to any method of education that is different from traditional public or private school.

Some describe unschooling as a method of homeschooling where parents aren't actively or authoritatively involved in determining the pace or course of their child's education.  Instead, the child is given the freedom to explore the world and learn however he or she pleases.  This type of unschooling is also sometimes called the natural learning method.  It focuses on children's natural desire to learn as they experience life.

Unschooling Explained From Excerpts of an Article by Earl Stevens

According to an article written by Earl Stevens, unschooling can't be explained in recipe terms and directions cannot be given to follow.  It isn't a method, but a way of looking at children and life. He explains that, "It is based on trust that parents and children will find the paths that work best for them - without depending on educational institutions, publishing companies, or experts to tell them what to do."

Stevens further explains that, "Unschooling does not mean that parents can never teach anything to their children, or that children should learn about life entirely on their own without the help and guidance of their parents. Unschooling does not mean that parents give up active participation in the edcation and development of their children and simply hope that something good will happen.  Finally, since many unschooling families have definite plans for college, unschooling does not even mean that children will never take a course in any kind of a school. "

Stevens states that, "A large component of unschooling is grounded in doing real things, not because we hope they will be good for us, but because they are intrinsically fascinating.  There is an energy that comes from this that you can't buy with a curriculum.  Children do real things all day long, and in a trusting and supportive home environment, "doing real things" invariably brings about healthy mental development and valuable knowlege.  It is natural for children to read, write play with numbers, learn about society, find out about the past, think, wonder and do all those things that society so unsuccessfully attempts to force upon them in the context of schooling."

Traditional school materials and curriculums can be used if desired, but they are not the driving force behind education, the family does whatever makes sense for the growth and developement of the child.

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