What's The Buzz?

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Buzz Term: Unschooling

What It Means: "Unschooling" refers to an educational philosophy that emphasizes the child's instinctive desire for knowledge as the guide for learning. Whereas the traditional classroom's textbooks, workbooks, memorization and testing are driven by a uniform curriculum applied across the class, unschooling relies on the learner to reveal an appropriate course. Unschooling is sensitive toward a child's individuality in a way that is impossible in the context of typical classroom schooling. This alternative style of education can be attractive to homeschooling families that seek not to mimic what happens in a traditional school but to provide a unique, learner centered education. Students in an unschooled environment pursue experiences based on their existing interests. Like cooking? Fractions, physics, and chemistry lessons are in every recipe.

Where It Comes From: Educational philosophy, including the work of John Holt. For more information, read Holt's "Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling" or "The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom" by Mary Griffith.