Thursday, 1 March 2012

What're the differences between and the definitions of homeschooling, unschooling, and worldschooling?

A post written by Eli Gerzon who is a unschooler now grown up and travelling the world. He has a facebook page call 'worldschoolers' 

What're the differences between and the definitions of homeschooling, unschooling, and worldschooling?

This is the official and most common term for not going to school full-time; being otherwise educated. The word clearly implies creating a school structure in the home, as some do, though many or even most homeschoolers utilize many educational opportunities outside of the home. Even when this is the case many people will still refer to themselves as homeschoolers because it is the most recognizable term or they think of their home as the base of their schooling.

This term was coined by John Holt to emphasize his educational philosophy as something fundamentally different than school and education as most people think of it. It's essentially freedom or the confidence in free people's ability to become educated by utilising the resources and guidance around them and inside of them. It is often described as "child driven learning", free of coercion and based on following one's own interests, not necessarily using any of the usual school resources. Still, one can go to classes and use textbooks while still calling oneself an unschooler as many unschoolers do.

(John Holt was a school teacher himself. He started to become a critic of the way schools were run and wrote about How Children Fail to learn because of school and looking at How Children Learn realized it's really in-spite of school. Eventually he started to tell parents, "You can Teach Your Own children and let them enjoy Growing Without Schooling because, in truth, children are actually Learning All the Time." In fact as a philosophy its Never Too Late to start unschooling and follow ones bliss to learn whatever one wants. At the same time, many unschoolers and unschooling advocates, including Pat Farenga, a protégé of John Holt and current president of Holt Associates, has expressed a desire for a more positive term that isn't defined by what it isn't.)

  This is a new term coined by Eli Gerzon that is essentially a more descriptive and positive version of unschooling that can apply to anyone even those beyond school age. Gerzon defines it by saying, "It's when the whole world is your school, instead school being your whole world." Eli Gerzon has "unschooled through college" mainly by learning from his international travels but the term does not require you to travel the world, just as unschooling doesn't forbid making use of school resources. Instead, it's when one actively experiences and learns from the world around one: the home, family, friends, strangers of all backgrounds, libraries, parks, sports, forests, schools, towns, and of course the world and the world wide web. It also emphasizes that there is always more to learn from this wonderful, complex world regardless of whether one has a high school degree, is a doctor, or is solely self-educated.

Unschooling Dilemma

I am thinking about
unschooling my two kids or as one young man put it 'world schooling', which I
like as we plan to go travelling next year.
My problem is I want to take my daughter out of school
now, and my son is supposed to start school in sept but he will only be 4years
and 2 months, which I feel is far too young to be stuck in an institution!
When I sit down and read all the articles on the
internet on why people home/unschool it really hits a nerve it feels so right
for me and what I want for my kids. but then i move away from the computer and
go back into the real world and am hit by a big wall called reality ...makes me
Doubt my self and what we as a family could achieve as unschoolers,
so i hover in between reading and gathering lots of
info but to worried to move forward..