Welcome to Life Learning
I hope that you’ll look around our website, check out what this innovative, thirteen-year-old publication is all about, then read some of the hundreds of articles on this site. Our readers tell us that we produce unusually high quality, unique editorial about life learning / unschooling - ie. learning without attending school.
Life Learning’s editorial digs deep into the issues that concern and motivate life learners (a term which I prefer over "unschoolers"). However, one of my core beliefs is that there are no rules about what unschooling / life learning should look like in your home (and no real definition of it either, beyond trusting and respecting learners to know what and how they should learn) because you and your children know what’s best for your family’s life together (that is, you're the experts!). I also believe that life (and, hence, parenting and life learning) is a journey, and that our thinking and practice evolve as time goes on and as we gain confidence in respecting and trusting children. So we don’t provide instructions or a formula, or apply pressure to do unschooling / life learning a certain way. Nor do we criticize or belittle you for your parenting practices. (However, you'll never read about disrespecting or abusing children on this site, and we provide all the information you'll need to parent respectfully and help your children learn based on their interests, not curriculum.)
Our readers live around the world and come from many backgrounds and worldviews, but we don't discuss politics or religion. What you will find here is lots of respect – just like our kids deserve – as well as wisdom, encouragement, insight, inspiration, and enthusiasm about living and learning without school. Most of our articles are written by parents just like you, and young people who have walked the talk themselves. And we encourage you to contribute as well. So I hope this will be a positive, comfortable, and friendly place for you to share your experiences of living and learning with trust and respect, and to give and receive support about life learning / unschooling and its effect on all aspects of life.
Life Learning provides you with an organized, focused, curated, thematic, and respectful selection of professionally edited, in-depth articles. We filter the noise so you get the information and inspiration that you want! The other thing about Life Learning is that, while we have a firm grip on who we are and what we're doing, we don't hesitate to take risks. You'll find bold, challenging new ideas as well as comfortable reassurance about your chosen path...as it develops in its own unique way.
My husband Rolf and I began to unschool our two daughters Heidi and Melanie in the early 1970s. It was just called homeschooling then, and we told people that we were "living as if school doesn't exist." I have been writing about and advocating for homeschooling and life learning ever since, sometimes in the pages of my company's first publication Natural Life Magazine, founded in 1976. In the 1990s, Rolf began using the term life learning as a positive way of discussing learning and living as if school doesn't exist, and as an alternative to "unschooling" or "homeschooling." Back in the 1970s, we worked with our colleague John Holt to help families understand that they can trust and respect their children, and John consulted with us when he was launching Growing Without Schooling. When GWS ceased publication in 2001, we decided to take up where it left off with this magazine. We are pleased to offer our readers this depth of experience.
My work and, by extension, Life Learning, is defined by a belief in the power of individuals to create positive change – in our own lives and beyond. Please join me and our contributors of all ages and backgrounds as this change takes shape – both in the way we help children learn and how they are treated by parents and society.
About Editor/Co-Founder Wendy Priesnitz
Wendy Priesnitz is Life Learning’s owner and editor, and the author of a number of books on home-based education, including School Free: The Homeschooling Handbook, Challenging Assumptions in Education: From Institutionalized Education to a Learning Society and Beyond School: Living As If School Doesn't Exist. She is also the mother of two adult daughters who lived school-free from birth, and are now living successfully in the real world that so often frightens parents and those who don't understand life learning.
Wendy is an agent of change who, when she was barely out of her teens, recognized the need for rethinking how we work, play, and educate ourselves in order to restore the planet’s social and ecological balance. For the last forty years, her mission has been to help people understand the interconnections within the web of life on Earth and to encourage them to challenge the assumptions inherent in the often conflicting choices we make in our daily lives. She writes from a position of experience rather than from academic research or expertism, and aims for conciseness and clarity in her style. She invites her readers to take what they need from her work, but doesn't promote herself as an expert or guru, believing that each of us is our own expert.
Read some of Wendy's articles on this site: