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"Children do not need to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world than anyone else could make for them." John Holt

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 Interview with a 14 yo Unschooler


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Here are a few questions I asked my son Bret about his experiences being an Unschooling teenager:


Me: If you where going to explain to someone who had never heard of Unschooling what Unschooling was what would you say?

Bret: Basically, we don’t do anything unless we feel like it. Then we do what we feel like doing.

Me: What do you like about Unschooling?

Bret: I get to sleep late and not get up early.

Me: Is there anything you don’t like about Unschooling?

Bret: You don’t have as many friends.

Me: How do you think you are the same or different from a Public Schooled kid?

Bret: I think I am different becasue I don’t like talking to people until I get to know them and feel like I can be myself. If I was in public school I’d probably be okay with it because I would have to talk in front of people all the time.

Me: Since we don’t use tests or grades or even have assignments how do you know you are learning?

Bret: Everybody knows when they are learning! Instead of being forced to memorize facts I learn at my will and remember it because I wanted to learn it and wasn’t being forced to.

Me: What is your favorite thing to do?

Bret: Take showers.

Me: WHY??

Bret: Because I like the cold water. But only in showers not when I go swimming. (???????????????)

Me: Anything else you want to add about Unschooling?

Bret: Yea, when people first hear you don’t go to school they want to ask you stupid questions mainly about math or science. They phrase it completely incorrectly where it’s impossible to answer, because they want to see if you know stuff. Like hey I can spell this one word that you can’t. It’s annoying!