The Difference Between Homeschooling and Unschooling
Until recently, I only had a hazy understanding of the difference between homeschooling and unschooling. For clarification, I read Unschooling 101: Top 10 Questions About Learning Without School, by Sara McGrath.
Here's my current understanding:
When we talk about homeschoolers, we're talking about the broad category of students who learn outside of the full-time American school system.
Unschoolers are a particular type of homeschoolers. Similar to other homeschoolers, they may choose to follow an official curriculum, participate in group or individual lessons, and enjoy a personalized education.
What defines unschoolers as a separate group is that its students are never required to pursue topics or activities that do not interest them. A homeschooling family might tell its children that they must study multiplication because the parents feel it's important; an unschooling family would not force an area of study on a resistant student. Unschoolers learn voluntarily, as their passions direct.
(Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, homeschoolers and unschoolers, or to add any distinctions that I may have overlooked.)
Next I'll be reading Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, by Dayna Martin.
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