Support and information about interest-based, learner-directed
education for all ages (also known as life learning,
unschooling, natural learning, and free-range learning).
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Immersion Education: Life Learning on a Horse Farm
- An unschooling child is helped to follow her passion in a
variety of way, and eventually finds total immersion learning on a horse farm.
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Off the Beaten Path
- A homeschooling family left the
text books at home on a two-month trip to Kenya with their
physician father, and values the learning they did by living.
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Protecting the Spark of Curiosity
- One of our roles as adults in facilitating unschooling is to protect and nurture the spark of curiosity, which is lit from birth.
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How Unschooling My Son Also Changed Me by Susie Maguire
- A life learning mother
has found that unschooling her son has changed her outlook on life.
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A Life Worth Living and a Job Worth Doing
- Patrick Farenga talks with Life Learning Magazine Editor Wendy Priesnitz about John Holt, unschooling, and life.
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
Interview with a musician, age 24
A teen balances her life and learning
A 15-year-old writes about trust
We use 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.
Living As If School Doesn't Exist
Free-Range Learning: A Dialogue
John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto was New York State Teacher of
the Year prior to resigning 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 of Life Learning. Here are some of
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.
Living and Learning Without Coercion
Fear of the TV Beast