John Holt, 20th-century American educator, concluded that children have an innate desire to learn and a curiosity that drives them to learn what they need to know when they need to know it. Holt believed that both the desire and curiosity are destroyed by the traditional methods of learning. Unschooling also refers to any less structured learning approach that allows children to pursue their own interests with parental support and guidance. Formal academics, if pursued at all, are pursued when “the need arises.” Children are apprenticed by adults who include them in what they are doing. In the process, the child learns everything the adult knows, and possibly a great deal more. Christians who favor less structured schooling, but with definite goals, prefer to be called “relaxed home educators.”
Takes little planning
Captures the child’s “teaching moments”
Children have access to the real world, plenty of time and space to figure things out on their own
Children are less likely to become academically frustrated
Creates self-learners with a love of learning
Doesn’t create a path for children to achieve professional careers
May neglect studies that the child doesn’t want to study
Hard to assess the level of learning
Is extremely child-centered
Lacks the security of clearly laid-out curricula
Difficult to explain and prove to colleges, friends, and officials
Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax
The Relaxed Home School by Mary Hood
Teach Your Own by John Holt.
Please note: While this approach works well for younger students we feel that this method is inappropriate for the higher grade levels as it fails to prepare young adults for college and adult life.