BEN OKRI

Freedom is the beginning of the greatest possibilities of the human genius.  It is not the goal.

RABINDRANATH TAGORE

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.

AHMED CHICKTAY

At school we unlearn how to learn naturally.

IVAN ILLICH

For most people, schooling twists genetic difference into certified degradation

JOI ITO

Education is what people do to you 
Learning is what you do for yourself

The Freedoms and Adventures of an Unschooler

I am Sasha Ismail. I am an unschooled, 12 year old boy who was born and raised in South Africa. I started out going to school for three years, and then my mother told me about unschooling. I was so excited. This meant that I did not have to do any work. I decided to...

On learning to read, write and count

Hi, I'm Karien, mum to two boys aged 5 and 2. This is short piece about my son’s new interest in writing. I’m writing this because lately I’ve seen so many posts on Unschooling groups asking ‘How will my child learn to read?’ and ‘What can I use to help my child learn...

A 10 Year Old On Her Unschooled Life

Hello reader. I, the person writing, am a 10 year old unschooling girl named Makayla. I've never been to school for a single day of my life, but I did learn through my life experiences. And I'm here to give some examples of how I've learned simply by living life. I...

Corporal Punishment in South Africa – We’re Still Awaiting a Full Ban

Corporal Punishment in the home has yet to be banned in South Africa. There is a very slow progress to making this happen. The editor of Conscious Parenting Magazine spoke to Carol Bower to distill some of the issues in how a ban would look and the process as it was in 2014. It’s 2017 and we’re still not much closer to a ban.

Open Letter To Eusebius McKaiser

Eusebius McKaiser is radio presenter, political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer and writer. On the July 2, 2017 he posted publicly on his facebook page his witnessing of an interaction between a mother and child. It seemed like his post was shared with humorous intent....

My School ~ Rabindranath Tagore

In 1863, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, established a school modelled on the principles of humanism and sustainability, in Bengal, India. He later delivered a lecture in America which was subsequently published in Personality London: MacMillan, 1933.  This...

BOOKSHELF

Teacher Liberation Handbook

With the assistance of Ken Danford, founder of Northstar Self Directed Learning for Teens, Joel liberated himself from being a public school teacher and together with his team team established the Princeton Learning Cooperative. Now Joel and Ken and many others...

Learning All The Time by John Holt

Learning All The Time John Holt The essence of John Holt’s insight into learning and small children is captured in Learning All The Time. This delightful book by the influential author of How Children Fail and How Children Learn shows how children learn to read,...

Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich

Unschooling Rules ~ Clark Aldrich Reading Time: 1 Hour. Read this if you’re new to the idea that schools aren’t delivering on their promises. This is a great guide to think about many of the issues that might be bothering you about the failures on the schooling system...

7th Annual Unschooling Weekend

The annual unschoolers camp has become a permanent spot on many family's calendars. Each year new families arrive and so the community, connection and fun grows. This Nov sees the 7th Annual Unschoolers' Weekend. Unschooling families will gather once again in the most...

Unschooling: Liberation and Language with Akilah Richards

Invitation It is a great honour to invite you to an interactive discussion with Akilah Richards. We'll explore the Liberation that comes with unschooling and discuss ideas for better aligning our language with our goals for equity and social justice in the society we...

Learning Reimagined Family Conference

Mark your calendar – South Africa is finally getting its first conference on Reimagining Learning, Self Directed Learning and Building Learning Communities. It is a blended family conference with presentations, panel discussions, small group discussions, funshops, a...