In his youth he attended public schools throughout the Pittsburgh Metro Area including SwissvaleMonongahela, and Uniontown as well as a Catholic boarding school in Latrobe. He did undergraduate work at Cornellthe University of Pittsburghand Columbiathen served in the U. He worked as a writer and held several odd jobs before borrowing his roommate's license to investigate teaching.
Philosophy[ edit ] Children are natural learners[ edit ] A fundamental premise of unschooling is that curiosity is innate and that children want to learn.
Many unschoolers believe that opportunities for valuable hands-on, community-based, spontaneous, and real-world experiences may be missed when educational opportunities are limited to, or dominated by, those inside a school building.
Learning styles[ edit ] Unschoolers note that psychologists have documented many differences between children in the way they learn,  and assert that unschooling is better equipped to adapt to these differences.
However, research has demonstrated that this preference is not related to increased learning or improved performance. In a traditional school setting, teachers seldom evaluate an individual student differently from other students, and while teachers often use different methods, this is sometimes haphazard and not always with regard to an individual student.
In fact, experts have discovered that natural learning produces far greater changes in behavior than do traditional learning methods, though not necessarily an increase in the amount of information learned. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever must be learned.
Parents tend to involve themselves, especially with younger children older children, unless new to unschooling, often need less help finding resources and making and carrying out plans.
In fact, it may be impossible to fully understand the unschooling philosophy without active participation paired with a major paradigm shift.
The cognitive dissonance that frequently accompanies this paradigm shift is uncomfortable. New unschoolers are advised that they should not expect to understand the unschooling philosophy at first. One step towards overcoming the necessary paradigm shift is accepting that, "what we do is nowhere near as important as why we do it.
Often those in school have a community consisting mainly of a peer group, of which the parent has little influence and even knowledge. Unschoolers may have time to share a role in their greater community, therefore relating more to older and younger individuals and finding their place within more diverse groups of people.
Parents of school children also have little say regarding who their instructors and teachers are, whereas parents of unschoolers may be more involved in the selection of the coaches or mentors their children work with and with whom they build lasting and ongoing relationships.
According to unschooling pioneer John Holt, " Unschoolers may question the school environment as one that is optimal for daily learning.
According to Brain Rules by John Medina"If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would create something like a classroom Others point out that some schools can be non-coercive and cooperative, in a manner consistent with the philosophies behind unschooling.
Further, many highly successful people, including US presidents, scientists, actors, writers, inventors, and educators were home-schooled or dropped out of school, suggesting that education is a matter of curiosity and desire rather than academic achievement.
In an early essay, Holt contrasted the two terms: Subsequently, home schoolers began to differentiate between various educational philosophies within home schooling.
The term "unschooling" became used as a contrast to versions of home schooling that were perceived as politically and pedagogically "school-like," using textbooks and exercises at home, the same way they would be used at school.
When pressed, I define unschooling as allowing children as much freedom to learn in the world as their parents can comfortably bear.
Thereafter a range of unschooling practitioners and observers defined the term in various ways. For instance, the Freechild Project defines unschooling as: These usages share an opposition to traditional schooling techniques and the social construction of schools.
Most emphasize the integration of learning into the everyday life of the family and wider community.Why does Gatto say that the 7-Lesson system “profoundly anti-educational”? Do you agree or disagree? 7. Gatto says, “School is a year jail sentence where bad habits are • John Holt, How Children Learn.
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John Holt GWS Subscribe to John Gatto and Starting to Homeschool Webinar Updates. First, I have moved the next Starting to Homeschool webinar from this Friday to next Friday, May 1, at 3PM EST. I hope this doesn’t. /TEACH YOUR OWN TEACH YOUR OWN John Holt Introduction This book is about ways we can teach children, or rather, allow them to learn, outside of schools--at home, or in whatever other places and situations (and the.
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