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So What Do Unschoolers Do?

By Leo Babauta

If you're interested in the unschooling approach, one of the first questions you'll probably have is: OK, so how do I do it? What do unschoolers normally do during their days?

And the answer might not satisfy you, if you're looking for a step-by-step.

Here's the short answer: they do anything. There's no one way to do it, not in general and not even for a particular person.

However, I'll run down some things we do. Before I do that, a few things to know about the unschooling approach:

I Don't Hate School

By Leo Babauta

I often bad-mouth school, as if it's the most evil thing in the world. I should clarify that -- I think unschooling is a better method for us, and could be for many others, but people who are going to school or who are teaching in school are not doing a horrible job at all.

I have two kids who go to school, and in truth I think they're turning out great. There are lots of good things about school, and what's more, even if I don't agree with schooling in general, kids learn just as much (or more) outside of school as in school, so there are lots of opportunities to help your child learn and be an amazing person even if they're in school.

I also love teachers. My grandmother was a teacher for many years, along with one of my favorite aunts, my wife (and my ex-wife) and others who I think are truly tremendous human beings. Teachers are like saints. They deal with incredible difficulties and help children love reading and science and not hate math so much, and they reach out to troubled kids and they do their best to instill a passion for learning.

That's amazing.

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