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Principles of Awesome Unschooling

By Leo Babauta

There's no "right way" to do unschooling. That's the beauty of it. Everyone does it differently.

However ... I've been developing a philosophy of unschooling, based on my experiences with our kids, and my own views of life. It's not the only way to look at unschooling, but it's what I've been growing to believe (with the caveat that I never think I know what's absolutely true).

Here's what I believe will lead to awesome unschooling ... my philosophy:

If You're an Entrepreneur, You Should Unschool

By Leo Babauta

I talk to other entrepreneurs a lot -- often founders of startups here in San Francisco, or online publishers like me. And when I do, if they're having a kid soon or have a young child, I invariably give them my pitch: you should unschool.

I like to give this pitch to expecting parents, or parents of young children, because the truth is, they're the best candidates for considering this radical form of education. Why? Because parents with their kids already in school tend to not want change, and tend to be invested in the school system. No parent wants to believe they've been making a huge mistake, and so if you've been sending your kid to school for years, to believe in unschooling is to admit you've been wrong (in their eyes).

There are exceptions, of course -- my wife and I pulled our kids out of school (one was in middle school, another in late elementary), because we felt the school system wasn't doing a good job with our kids. We started to see the problems with trying to mass educate kids in a way that makes them not want to learn, bored, just following instructions.

But parents who aren't in the school system yet are the most receptive to the idea of breaking from the norms.

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