Educating Kids without a Curriculum.

for Fractally Generative Pattern Language



  • Children are naturally curious, and naturally want to mimic adult role-models. (See Ken Robinson, Peter Gray, Daniel Greenberg, Sudbury School.)
  • Children learn when/what they want to. Forcing a subject on them tends to result in low Engagement and retention.
  • A child might want to spend all their time every day learning a single thing for years, then drop it completely to move on to something else.
  • Few people's attention is best packaged in clock-controlled sessions.
  • Two people's interest in a single "subject" may overlap only slightly.
  • Giving a child no control over their schedule for 12-16 years trains them to be NPC-s. "If you want a citizen, don't raise him like a slave."


  • Let kids follow their own interests, even if it doesn't look like Learning at all. (Agency)
  • Challenge: Credentialism.

Sept'2013: Leo Babauta lists resources

Sept'2011: this survey-invitation includes a list of resources.



http://www.naturalchild.com/guest/earl_stevens.html 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.


See also Deschooling Society

See the writings of John Holt, applying UnSchooling to Home-School-ing

See Sudbury School-s

Astra Taylor video of her childhood experience.

Sandra Dodd notes http://sandradodd.com/unschooling.html

Lee Stranaham movie: http://unschoolingmovie.info/


See 2 unschooler wikis:

See related: Free Range Kids

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