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

Unschooling as a Journey of Self Discovery

Unschooling, a foreign concept. A word synonymous with “terminal disease” … at least that’s what you would think from the reactions I get when I tell people I’m an independent learner. “You’re what? You’re unschooled? Good god, are you mentally diseased? Socially...

Living My Passion: Made possible by Unschooling

Hi! My name is Emmanuelle.. I am a 12 year old girl. I used to go to school and it wasn't something that I enjoyed. That is because I was forced to do everything that the other kids did. I wasn't able to learn what I wanted to.  I would come home after school and...

From Homeschooling to Unschooling: A Peek into Daniel’s Journey

Hi everyone. My name is Daniel Charles Jenneker aka iDanyxBoy aka Mr Salty.  I am 16 years of age. I am a homeschooler turned unschooler. I am the second youngest in my family and I like to think that I'm the joker in the family, after my Dad of course with all his...

Objections to Draft Home Education Policy

Draft Policy on Home Education – Objections Please find herewith a brief response on the gazetted draft policy on home education. It has been an extremely short notice period for detailed comments. To summarize, I object to the policy in its entirety for a number of...

Response to the Basic Education Law Amendment BELA

10 November 2017 Dear Adv. Rudman, Comment on Draft BASIC EDUCATION LAWS AMENDMENT BILL Please find my comments on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill. I am an advocate for the recognition of the full human rights of children, for respectful and nonviolent...

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.

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...