April’s Awesomeness!

Hey people who actually read this blog, this month is quite interesting! In this marvelous month of April, there’s not many changes from last month. But, Thursdays, the students will be choosing whether to go to The Temple on 2300 McKinney st., or to stay and hang out at the building, on a week to week basis. Keep up with what’s going on on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/therealschoolhoustontexas/ . As for what’s happening this month, here are some details (Not much different from last month really):

 Open House

Open house for visitors, Wednesday, April 9th, 11am to 1pm. Please call or email if you wish to attend: unschool@therealschoolhouston. org, 713-523-0066. Hope to see you there!

Game Night Fundraiser!!

This monthly event will be happening on Saturday April 19 from 6-10 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come and bring their favorite games, whether table top, card game s or video games. More specific information can be found out by calling our school phone. All ages, small donation($5-10) requested, and there is always some great food available as well as coffee, tea, water, and sometimes soda. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks! It is always a fun time filled with lots of laughter and different types of games! Donations help us maintain our building and do more fun activities!

All Ages Karaoke

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for some laid back Youtube Karaoke! You can perform any song you want and we have all the equipment needed! Snacks and beverages welcome! Small donations encouraged! This will be happening on April 5th from 6-10pm.

Writer’s Group

Evening writer’s group will be going on every other Thursday, on April 10 and 24 from 6 to 8:30pm. We hope you will join us and give a small donation. It is a fun, accepting, and relaxed group!! Invite your friends, too! This is an all ages meet-up!

Archery Classes

Join us at 19407 Park Row, Katy, for some all ages archery classes. In these classes, we will be taught how to properly hold and use a longbow. These classes cost $10 to join and we also suggest wearing clothing you can move in. We hope to see you in the classes on April 1, 15, and 29 from 2-3 (Although it takes about 45 minutes to get there from the building, so you should probably leave early or you’d miss the class)

Acting Classes

Ohohohoho! Acting classes! In these classes, we aim to be able to perform a play confidently in front of our friends and peers. The play has yet to be decided, but it will definitely be worth watching when it’s performed. So come and join us in the acting classes or watch the play when it’s performed, maybe even both! These classes will be happening weekly on Wednesdays from 11-1:30

Serving with Food Not Bombs Houston

This month, every other Wednesday, in the evenings, we will be helping the other volunteers serve food. We are joining a local group that serves home cooked meals to hungry people downtown 4 days a week. We want to practice cooking healthy meals and to support others in our community. We will be serving on April 9th and 23rd from 8-9. Please feel free to join us to either serve the food you make or help others serve theirs.

Please check our calendar or contact us by phone if you are looking for more events! Our building is also available to host events for a small fee. We can be contacted at 713-523-0066. All events that take place at our building will be at: 2805 Wichita St. Houston, TX 77004. We can also be reached by email at:unschool@therealschoolhouston.org

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Photos from some of our field trips last month

Upcoming Events-January!

Hello and Happy 2014! 

We have several events on our calendar page and we plan to add more as the month goes on. We are currently trying to schedule regular Music and Drawing classes, but we need a little help from the community!! If you are interested in playing/teaching music or in teaching Drawing to a small group of young people, please get in touch! As for things we have scheduled, here are some details:

Writer’s Group:

Evening writer’s group will continue with a slightly adjusted time of 6-8:00 PM every other Thursday! We hope you will join us and give a small donation on Thursday Jan. 16th and 30th. It is a fun, accepting, and relaxed group!! Invite your friends, too! This is an all ages meet-up!

Game Night Fundraiser!!

This monthly event will be happening on Saturday January 25th from 6-10 PM. Everyone is encouraged to come and bring their favorite games, whether table top, card games or video games. More specific information can be found out by calling our school phone. All ages, small donation($5-10) requested, and there is always some great food available as well as coffee, tea, water, and sometimes soda. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks! It is always a fun time filled with lots of laughter and different types of games! Donations help us maintain our building and do more fun activities!

Book Club

We have been reading a lot the last few months!! We are currently working on The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros and plan to discuss the book on Weds. the 15th. After that we will start on a new book and continue discussions every week on Weds. at 12:00pm. We are open to reading suggestions and welcome people who want to join us! Please call ahead if you plan to come! 

Cooking for Food Not Bombs Houston

This month we are joining a local group that serves home cooked meals to hungry people downtown 4 days a week. We want to practice cooking healthy meals and to support others in our community. We will be cooking every other Wednesday at 2:00 pm, and food serving occurs downtown at 521 Lamar St. at 8:00pm. If you want to join us or donate dry goods or vegetables, please get in touch! More information on FNB here:  http://houstonfoodnotbombs.org/fnb-gallery/

All Ages Karaoke:

Join us on alternating Fridays for some laid back Youtube Karaoke! You can perform any song you want and we have all the equipment needed! Snacks and beverages welcome! Small donations encouraged!

This will happen on Friday Jan 17th and 31st, 7-10pm

Field trips:

We regularly take Park Trips on Thursday from 2-4pm to meet up with other homeschoolers in the Heights.

We also take trips from 12-3 on Fridays and people are welcome to join us wherever we go! Recently we have gone to the library, ice skating, free zoo days, museums, and roller skating! Contact us for more information if you want to meet us somewhere!

Please check our calendar or contact us by phone if you are looking for more events! Our building is also available to host events for a small fee. We can be contacted at 713-523-0066. All events that take place at our building will be at: 2805 Wichita St. Houston, TX 77004. We can also be reached by email at: unschool@therealschoolhouston.org

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December Announcements!

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December 14th: HUK Craft Market at The Real School from 2-4pm. $1-5 donation suggested. Everyone is welcome! Please come support some crafty Unschooled kids!

Welcome to December!! We had a very busy month of November full of art, parties, reading, and our fair share of fresh air! We said goodbye to two of our founding members, Krenie Stowe and Issac Taylor, as they are continuing their Unschooling journey in Oregon and passing the torch to our younger generations. We plan to continue growing, changing, and learning together, and we sincerely hope you all will join us!! We will be closing a few days for the holidays this month but please keep in touch and come to the events we will have scheduled!

Game Night Fundraiser: Saturday the 14th, 6-10pm, following HUK craft Market!

We will have food and drinks available! Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite table top or video games, or join on to a game here. We regularly play Bananagrams, Werewolf, Apples to Apples, and various card games! $3-10 suggested donation. 

Like to sing?

Join us for karaoke every other Friday(Dec. 6th &20th) from 7-10pm. Small donation suggested. Bring your own drinks and snacks!

Do you knit or crochet?

So do we! We have all levels or knitters and crocheters here and we look forward to any chance to sit around together and get crafty! If you would like to come by and crochet or knit with us please contact us to schedule a day and time! 

Writers:

Specific workshops aimed at improving different areas of our writing will be happening this month. This is aimed at less experienced writers but more experienced writers are welcome to join! Tuesdays at 2:00pm.

Our Thursday Evening writing group has now been going for several months! We encourage people of all ages to bring their work to share, bring questions and/ or ideas and be ready to listen to and discuss with others! Happens every other Thursday this month at 5:30pm. $1-5 Donation Recommended.

Please check our calendar or get in touch with us for more events and information! We are constantly adding events!

All events will take place at the ACT building which houses The Real School: 2805 Wichita St. Houston, TX 77004.

Contact us by email at: unschool@therealschoolhouston.org or with more immediate questions at: 713-523-0066

We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Events: November!

November Events:

Last month was full of celebrations! This month we will be hosting several unique events and focusing on reading and writing oriented workshops. We will also be including art events such as Origami and trips to Ren Fest and Brazos Bend State Park on our calendar.  We hope you will join our Saturday Game Night Fundraiser with Games and Food! All Events Are For All Ages and Sliding Scale donations recommended. We are a community funded cooperative and any support is greatly needed and appreciated. Please see our Fundly page if you are able to make a donation at this time:  https://fundly.com/support-these-awesome-unschool-kids We hope to see you this month!! 

If you have questions about any events or our school please contact us at: unschool@therealschoolhouston.org or 713-523-0066

All events will be held at the ACT/Real School building at 2805 Wichita St. unless otherwise specified. 

This Month’s Event Details

Beehive Design Collective presents: MesoAmerica Resiste! poster tour

on Friday, November 8th at 1pm

The Final Graphic in an Epic Trilogy about Globalization in the Americas!
A swarm is coming! The Beehive Design Collective, a non-profit arts and activism organization dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots”, is heading this way to share their recently completed work, Mesoamérica Resiste.

The event is free and open to the public, donations to Beehive or The Real School encouraged. 

For more information, visit http://www.beehivecollective.org. 

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More about Beehive Collective:

The Beehive is an all-volunteer swarm of educators, artists, and activists using images to communicate and educate about the complex realities of our times. The dizzyingly detailed, hand-drawn, large-format posters and banners they tour with are portable murals that come alive through storytelling, illuminating how single issues are interconnected and part of bigger systems. Join in as the Bees deconstruct often overwhelming global issues in an engaging and interactive presentation, using metaphors from the natural world to connect social and environmental struggles.

Game Night FUNDRAISER! on Saturday, November 9th. From 6-10pm

All your favorite games and food! Proceeds help us keep this place running and improving! 

Join us for another month of fun and food! We will have video games, card games, role playing, table top games, and more mischief! Bring your favorite games if you wish!
Bring your own drinks or snacks if you’d like!
All ages welcome! $5-10 donation.

Know Your Rights Workshop

Wednesday November 12th at 1:00pm

A lawyer will be joining us for a presentation/ Q&A aimed at informing us of our rights when stopped, questioned or detained by police and dispelling misinformation on various issues. Donations appreciated. All ages welcome. 

Open Dialogue: Unschooling 101–the deconstruction of schooling and Adultism

Saturday November 16th from 1-3:30pm

This open discussion will be an introduction to Unschooling and the ideas of Adultism. We will discuss how we can deconstruct ideas of schooling and the structures that harm young people. All questions around unschooling, learning, non-coercive parenting and adultism are welcome! We also welcome people to come learn more about our cooperative.  All ages welcome. Donations to The Real School encouraged. 

Community Potluck for Unschoolers and Allies of Community Education

on Wednesday the 20th at 6-10PM!!

Vegetarian friendly and open to everyone!!! Bring a friend and some food and join the conversation around Unschooling, non-coercive parenting, Adultism, and community education.

Writing Workshop Groups:

Specific workshops aimed at improving different areas of our writing will be happening this month. This is aimed at less experienced writers but more experienced writers are welcome to join! Tuesdays at 2:00pm

Our Thursday Evening writing group has now been going for several months! We encourage people of all ages to bring their work to share, bring questions and/ or ideas and be ready to listen to and discuss with others! Happens every other Thursday this month at 5:30pm. $5 Donation Recommended

Please check our calendar of events for more information on our current workshops and other happenings such as book clubs, documentaries and Karaoke!!!

Thanks for reading!!! –The Real School

This month’s blog post by: Marie and Lou!

October Events: Crafts, Karaoke, Yoga, Documentaries and lots of celebrating!

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Real Schoolers Playing Cranium in September!

September was a great month full of yoga, crafts, German and lots of game playing! We invite you to join us for our numerous events and celebrations in the upcoming month. We ask for donations for our events as we are very low budget and seeking to expand our projects. We are self sustained, and we count on everyone to contribute to keeping us open! All events are open to all ages unless otherwise specified. Events/times are subject to change or be added at any time, please check back with the calendar for updates. 

FUN-draiser Game Night on Saturday the 5th from 6-10 PM

Join us for another month of fun and food! Bring your favorite table top, video and role playing games!! $5-15 Suggested Donation. All ages welcome! There will likely be birthday cake this month as we have a large amount of people celebrating!

Yoga Beginner’s classes:

Every Thursday at 4:00pm.

Our friend Dan P. has been volunteering to work with people of all ages and help us with some basic Yoga skills. $5-10 suggested donation.  Wear stretchy clothes and bring your own mat if you have one! Space is limited to about 9 people.

Writing Workshop Group:

Our writing group has now been going for several months! We encourage people of all ages to bring their work to share, bring questions and/ or ideas and be ready to listen to and discuss with others!

$5+ Suggested Donation. Workshops happen every other Thursday, this month Oct. 3rd and 17th(the 31st will be canceled this month). 

Arts and Crafts!

We will be hosting different arts and crafts events on Wednesday mornings this month! We may be working on origami, zines, coloring, painting, or various other crafts. We will have a Halloween themed craft session on the Wednesday before the 31st. Catch these on: the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 10-2pm.

Isaac’s Farewell/ Real School Joint Birthday Party:

Thursday the 10th from 5:30-11:00 pm. 

One of our founding members, Isaac Taylor, will be leaving Texas after this month and he is also celebrating his birthday this month, on the same week as two of our other participants. There is a larger birthday party planned for the weekend, so this is primarily a good chance to give Isaac a send off before he leaves for Portland! People are welcome to bring games to play, food, presents, or donations to The Real School.

Spanish:

Spanish meet-up has been moved to Fridays at 11:00am and will last for an hour. People of all ages are welcome to come if they have an interest in learning or practicing Spanish!

Community Potluck for Unschoolers and Allies of Community Education

on Wednesday the 23rd at 6PM!!

Vegetarian friendly and open to everyone!!! Bring a friend and join the conversation around Unschooling, non-coercive parenting, Adultism, and community education.

Open Dialogue: Fatherly concerns about Unschooling: What to do when Dad isn’t on board with Unschooling

Unschooling fathers address frequently heard concerns from other dads such as, “how will my kid get a job without going to school?” All ages welcome! Donations encouraged.

Saturday Oct. 19th from 1:00-4:00pm

Documentaries and discussions:

A few of the participants and staff have been watching and discussing documentaries frequently and we have now set a time for it! Join us on Mondays at 11:30 am for a different documentary (streaming from Netflix or Youtube) each week.  We do not have a projector at this time but are working towards getting one. Bring snacks and drinks if you’d like!

Other Events:

We are currently still planning on re-starting our cob house project, going on geo-caching trips, and planning a “Toxic Tour” with our friends at T.E.J.A.S., as well as other field trips around Houston for this month! Please keep checking back with our calendar and there will likely be another post about some of these happenings! Feel free to contact us if you have questions about our events at: 713-523-0066.

All events are at our building unless otherwise specified(such as birthday parties or field trips). Our address is:

(The A.C.T. Building)

2805 Wichita St.

Houston, TX 77004

We hope to see you there!

-The Real School

Open Dialog- Sunday, December 16th

Join members of The Real School Unschooling Co-op for our next Open Dialog on Education
Sunday December 16th, 2pm
2805 Wichita, Houston, 77004.
Open Dialogs are an opportunity to learn about our co-op, to discuss philosophies of unschooling and to debate other educational paradigms.Going forward, we will continue to have Dialogs monthly on the 3rd weekend of the month. We will alternate Saturdays and Sundays.

This month’s focus will be:

freedom v. license

I hope to see many of you on Sunday. Feel free to email with questions. There is no fee for Open Dialogs, although donations are much appreciated. All ages are welcome. Those with and without children are encouraged to attend. In the eyes of The Real School, we are all students.

Invitations & Event Announcements

Hello Folks,

The Real School has a number of things going on this week and I want to extend an invitation to you all.

On Saturday 6/23 from 2-4pm we are having and Open Dialog on Education. The topic is Unschooling 101. It is an introduction to the many faces of unschooling, also referred to as child-led learning , experience-based learning and community-based learning. We welcome people of all ages, those with and without children. There is no fee for our Open Dialogs, we simply want to foster  conversation about  educational alternatives. Those new to unschooling are welcome as well as veteran unschoolers. Critics of unschooling should come out as well, debate is always healthy!

On Friday 6/22 and Saturday 6/23 from 6-10pm Real School members are hosting The Real School Fundraiser Gaming Night. There is a Facebook page devoted to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/200126580109257/

Saturday 6/16,The Real School, in conjunction with ACT Houston and David Reed of Texas Natural Builders, began construction on the 1st legal cob structure in Houston! Go to the City of Houston Cob Structure page on Facebook or the this page on our website for photos and more information. We will be working on construction from now until mid July, mostly on weekends but some during the week as well. Volunteers are welcome. This is an amazing project for anyone with an interest in eco-friendly building. Come, check it out!

So I hope to see many people at all or some of these events. We are always about building community above all else.

In Friendship, Krenie Stowe

We’re Building Houston’s 1st Cob Structure!

Texas Natural Builders has been given permission to build the first ever cob structure in the City of Houston! We will be building a cob playhouse/meeting area for ACTnowHouston/The Real School on their property! This event will span 4 weekends!! but work will be done during the weeks as well!!

We are looking for volunteers to come help build a beautiful cob structure. Volunteers will learn various natural building techniques dependent upon which portion they volunteer on. It is possible for someone to volunteer the entire build and walk away with the to build their own home confidently.

June 16 at 9:00am until July 13 at 6:00pm
ACT Houston 2805 Wichita Houston, TX 77004
[CLICK HERE TO RSVP
FYI: on Facebook you can export events to your own calendar.

We will be utilizing a great amount of repurposed and recycled materials from ReUse Warehouse and We Can Recycling. The structure will have a rubble filled trench foundation with a Urbanite stem wall, cob walls and a variation of plexiglass or safety glass and wine bottle windows, the roof will be constructed from waste lumber from various places around the Houston area, the roof itself will be reclaimed concrete Spanish style tiles and pargeting and mosaics where applicable, the interior will have cob benches and natural material shelving and cabinets if available.

There is a minimum $20-$100 suggested donation with all proceeds going to ACTnowHouston/The Real School to help recoup costs. This is a great opportunity to learn natural building and an even greater opportunity for the people of Houston to see the beauty of a natural material building in is functionality and aesthetic design! Checkout the project’s progress on our facebook photo album.

Contact:
David Reed
713-454-9532
mudmaverick@texasnaturalbuilders.info

What is Unschooling?

What is Unschooling?
by Earl Stevens

It is very satisfying for parents to see their children in pursuit of knowledge. It is natural and healthy for the children, and in the first few years of life, the pursuit goes on during every waking hour. But after a few short years, most kids go to school. The schools also want to see children in pursuit of knowledge, but the schools want them to pursue mainly the school’s knowledge and devote twelve years of life to doing so.

In his acceptance speech for the New York City Teacher of the Year award (1990), John Gatto said, “Schools were designed by Horace Mann … and others to be instruments of the scientific management of a mass population.” In the interests of managing each generation of children, the public school curriculum has become a hopelessly flawed attempt to define education and to find a way of delivering that definition to vast numbers of children.

“What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child.”  – George Bernard Shaw

The traditional curriculum is based on the assumption that children must be pursued by knowledge because they will never pursue it themselves. It was no doubt noticed that, when given a choice, most children prefer not to do school work. Since, in a school, knowledge is defined as schoolwork, it is easy for educators to conclude that children don’t like to acquire knowledge. Thus schooling came to be a method of controlling children and forcing them to do whatever educators decided was beneficial for them. Most children don’t like textbooks, workbooks, quizzes, rote memorization, subject schedules, and lengthy periods of physical inactivity. One can discover this – even with polite and cooperative children – by asking them if they would like to add more time to their daily schedule. I feel certain that most will decline the offer.

The work of a schoolteacher is not the same as that of a homeschooling parent. In most schools, a teacher is hired to deliver a ready-made, standardized, year-long curriculum to 25 or more age-segregated children who are confined in a building all day. The teacher must use a standard curriculum – not because it is the best approach for encouraging an individual child to learn the things that need to be known – but because it is a convenient way to handle and track large numbers of children. The school curriculum is understandable only in the context of bringing administrative order out of daily chaos, of giving direction to frustrated children and unpredictable teachers. It is a system that staggers ever onward but never upward, and every morning we read about the results in our newspapers. Children pursue life, and in doing so, pursue knowledge.

But despite the differences between the school environment and the home, many parents begin homeschooling under the impression that it can be pursued only by following some variation of the traditional public school curriculum in the home. Preoccupied with the idea of “equivalent education”, state and local education officials assume that we must share their educational goals and that we homeschool simply because we don’t want our children to be inside their buildings. Textbook and curriculum publishing companies go to great lengths to assure us that we must buy their products if we expect our children to be properly educated. As if this were not enough, there are national, state, and local support organizations that have practically adopted the use of the traditional curriculum and the school-in-the-home image of homeschooling as a de facto membership requirement. In the midst of all this, it can be difficult for a new homeschooling family to think that an alternative approach is possible.

One alternative approach is “unschooling”, also known as “natural learning”, “experience-based learning”, or “independent learning”. Several weeks ago, when our homeschooling support group announced a gathering to discuss unschooling, we thought a dozen or so people might attend, but more than 100 adults and children showed up. For three hours, parents and some of the children took turns talking about their homeschooling experiences and about unschooling. Many people said afterward that they left the meeting feeling reinforced and exhilarated – not because anybody told them what to do or gave them a magic formula – but because they grew more secure in making these decisions for themselves. Sharing ideas about this topic left them feeling empowered.

Before I talk about what I think unschooling is, I must talk about what it isn’t. Unschooling isn’t a recipe, and therefore it can’t be explained in recipe terms. It is impossible to give unschooling directions for people to follow so that it can be tried for a week or so to see if it works. Unschooling isn’t a method, it is a way of looking at children and at life. 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.

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 education 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.

Then what is unschooling? I can’t speak for every person who uses the term, but I can talk about my own experiences. Our son has never had an academic lesson, has never been told to read or to learn mathematics, science, or history. Nobody has told him about phonics. He has never taken a test or been asked to study or memorize anything. When people ask, “What do you do?” My answer is that we follow our interests – and our interests inevitably lead to science, literature, history, mathematics, music – all the things that have interested people before anybody thought of them as “subjects”.

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 knowledge. 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.

While few of us get out of bed in the morning in the mood for a “learning experience”, I hope that all of us get up feeling in the mood for life. Children always do so – unless they are ill or life has been made overly stressful or confusing for them. Sometimes the problem for the parent is that it can be difficult to determine if anything important is actually going on. It is a little like watching a garden grow. No matter how closely we examine the garden, it is difficult to verify that anything is happening at that particular moment. But as the season progresses, we can see that much has happened, quietly and naturally. Children pursue life, and in doing so, pursue knowledge. They need adults to trust in the inevitability of this very natural process, and to offer what assistance they can.

Parents come to our unschooling discussions with many questions about fulfilling state requirements. They ask: “How do unschoolers explain themselves to the state when they fill out the paperwork every year?”, “If you don’t use a curriculum, what do you say?” and “What about required record-keeping?” To my knowledge, unschoolers have had no problems with our state department of education over matters of this kind. This is a time when even many public school educators are moving away from the traditional curriculum, and are seeking alternatives to fragmented learning and drudgery.

When I fill out the paperwork required for homeschooling in our state, I briefly describe, in the space provided, what we are currently doing, and the general intent of what we plan to do for the coming year. I don’t include long lists of books or describe any of the step-by-step skills associated with a curriculum. For example, under English/Language Arts, I mentioned that our son’s favorite “subject” is the English language. I said a few words about our family library. I mentioned that our son reads a great deal and uses our computer for whatever writing he happens to do. I concluded that, “Since he already does so well on his own, we have decided not to introduce language skills as a subject to be studied. It seems to make more sense for us to leave him to his own continuing success.”

Unschooling is a unique opportunity for each family to do whatever makes sense for the growth and development of their children. If we have a reason for using a curriculum and traditional school materials, we are free to use them. They are not a universally necessary or required component of unschooling, either educationally or legally.

Allowing curriculums, textbooks, and tests to be the defining, driving force behind the education of a child is a hindrance in the home as much as in the school – not only because it interferes with learning, but because it interferes with trust. As I have mentioned, even educators are beginning to question the pre-planned, year-long curriculum as an out-dated, 19th century educational system. There is no reason that families should be less flexible and innovative than schools.

Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s mentor and friend, said:

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less “showily”. Let him come and go freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself… Teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experiences.

Unschooling provides a unique opportunity to step away from systems and methods, and to develop independent ideas out of actual experiences, where the child is truly in pursuit of knowledge, not the other way around.