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A free, web-based 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). Life Learning Magazine was founded in 2002, so there are about four hundred articles on this site, and more are being added weekly. Our goal is to make our complete archive available for free on this website, in addition to all the newly published articles. Check them all out here.

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Coercion, Compulsory Attendance, and Adultism - The use of the term self-directed education is not compatible with compulsory attendance. Read more.

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Life Learning Changes our View of Success - When we realize that school is not necessary, we can accept that kids will become successful when trusted to define that for themselves. Read more.

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The Value of Spontaneous Play - Play is crucial to children's development and learning but is becoming a casualty of our misguided attempt to better educate children. Read more.

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Experiential Learning is Children's Work - Children learn experientially, ideally doing meaningful work in the real world, motivated by their own real interests and goals. Read more.

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Scaling Up Life Learning - The principles of life learning are scalable, and they will inevitably take the place of conventional education systems. Read more.

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Anarchy in Education? Life Learners Creating Change - Life learning parents create change by modeling self-reliant thinking and trust in our decisions. Read more.

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Grown-Up Unschoolers - Life learning is a journey and learning and growing are on-going processes. We never become totally educated any more than we ever completely grow up.  Read more.

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Defining Life Learning - We coined the term "life learning" to describe a philosophy that trusts children and involves living as if school doesn't exist. Here are some articles on this topic Read more.

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