A free source of support and information about interest-based, learner-directed
education for all ages (also known as life learning,
unschooling, natural learning, and free-range learning). There
are hundreds of articles on this site, and more are being added
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- Unschoolers don't do school, and they also don't just
learn at home. This article documents
how home-based learners participate in community life and
thereby decompartmentalize our communities.
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Playing School -
A life learning mom plays school with her child to convince her
it's boring, but learns how to validate her family's unschooling
choice while respecting of others'...and,
at the same time, helps ease her own anxiety about unschooling.
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Staying Afloat: Creating Unschooling Support in an Isolated
Unschooling can be lonely and even difficult if you are the only
family you know that does it. Here are some tips from an expat
life learning mom in that situation.
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Unschooling and Changing the World -
An unschooling mom believes in being the change she´d like to see in the world.
She demonstrates how unschooling her kids is a major part of that change.
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On Socialization -
A child’s request for more friend time is actually a manifestation of what he has been conditioned to think he should want rather than what he really wants.
It will take some time for recognize his own real needs after
leaving school. Read more.
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Always Learning -
How an unschooling father who is also an educator came to
understand and respect, from his own children's experiences,
children learn from life and are capable of deciding what they
can accomplish and when. Read more.
Life Learning Teens
of young children often wonder what unschooling looks like for
teens and young adults. Here are some profiles of adults who
learned without school, and articles by and about life learning
teens. You can read many more like this by checking out our
article index page.
Interview with a musician, age 24
A teen balances her life and learning
A 15-year-old writes about trust
Here at Life Learning Magazine, we
coined the term "life learning" to
describe a form of homeschooling that trusts and respects
children, and that avoids the trappings of school. Here are some
more articles that explore definitions. And check out our
definitions page for
even more on this topic.
Living As If School Doesn't Exist
Free-Range Learning: A Dialogue
John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto resigned from teaching because
he didn’t want to do any more harm to children. He has since
authored a number of books and is a frequent contributor to Life
Learning. Here are a few of those articles. You will find more on
articles index page.
We Need Experience More Than We Need Algebra
The Hall of Mirrors
Don't Worry About College
Trusting in children is one of the foundations of life learning. Here are some articles that illustrate what that means,
and what it looks like in practice. Visit our main articles index page to read many more articles
about why and how to trust children to learn and live autonomously.
Living and Learning Without Coercion
Fear of the TV Beast