Why do people choose unschooling as a way of learning?
Here are 13 reasons why not to go to school: Aside from the fact it is a complete waste of our two most valuable assets in life: time and energy. Your life is determined by how you manage these two assets so ask yourself if you’re truly spending your time and energy wisely or are you wasting your most important assets being a cog in the machine?
“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” ~ Henry Ford
"The number of the hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. It is our most precious resource. The more we take responsibility for the energy we bring to the world, the more empowered and productive we become. The more we blame others or external circumstances, the more negative and compromised our energy is likely to be." ~ Jim Loehr
"If you haven’t time to help youngsters find the right way in life, somebody with more time will help them find the wrong way." ~ Frank A. Clark
1) Indoctrination | School is indoctrination, not education. Indoctrination is the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically and that is exactly what schools do. Schools don’t teach kids to question things, they tell them to accept things for the way they are. Parents want to ensure their kids are learning what they want to learn, not what some stranger forces them to learn. Parents don’t want their kids to be brainwashed as schools are not educating kids, they are indoctrinating them. There is nothing schools offer that you cannot learn on your own! The very nature of school means you are trading your limited time on this planet to sit in classrooms when there is so much more to explore and learn in the real world than from a teacher in a classroom. Besides, who really wants to learn from someone who has been schooled in this system for a quarter of their lives and then decides to become a teacher and never ever leaves this system of oppression because they themselves are stuck in it? The Teachers Curse! Teachers are obsessed with trying to reproduce academic clones of themselves. The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest labor union and professional interest group in the United States.
"Their schooling made it so schooling was all they know." ~ Unschooling.com
"Education means to bring out wisdom. Indoctrination means to push in knowledge." ~ Dick Gregory
"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." ~ George Bernard Shaw
"The reason there’s so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it." ~ Frank A. Clark
"I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned." ~ Richard P. Feynman
"Never take advice from someone you wouldn’t trade places with." ~ Kelly Clarkson
"Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer." ~ Isaac Asimov
“An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.” ~ Nicholas Butler
"Information is not knowledge." ~ Albert Einstein
"The essential thing measured by school is whether or not you are good at school. Being good at school is a fine skill if you intend to do school forever. For the rest of us, being good at school is a little like being good at Frisbee. It’s nice, but it’s not relevant unless your career involves homework assignments, looking through textbooks for answers that are already known to your supervisors, complying with instructions and then, in high-pressure settings, regurgitating those facts with limited processing on your part." ~ Seth Godin (Stop Stealing Dreams)
"If children are being told WHAT to learn, WHEN and HOW to learn, 6 hours a day, 5 DAYS A WEEK - no wonder CREATIVE THINKING in children is plummeting, and ANXIETY & DEPRESSION is continuing to rise." ~ Kirsty Lee
"They must find it difficult… those who have taken ‘authority’ as the truth, rather than ‘truth’ as the authority." ~ Gerald Massey
"It takes early indoctrination and control to make humans accept that their time, thoughts, body and things aren’t their own." ~ Racheous
"If a single teacher can’t teach all the subjects, then how can you expect a single student to learn all the subjects?"
"Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to control the public mind." ~ Noam Chomsky
“Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.” ~ Mises
“The sad truth about humanity…is that people believe what they’re told. Maybe not the first time, but by the hundredth time, the craziest of ideas just becomes a given.” ~ Neal Shusterman, [UnWholly]
“Is there any point in public debate in a society where hardly anyone has been taught how to think, while millions have been taught what to think?” ~ Peter Hitchens
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. ” ~ Shunryu Suzuki
"Every person has two educations, one which he receives from others, and one, more important, which he gives to himself." ~ Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794, English historian
"I do not advise you what you should believe or not believe. But I do advise you that we all need to learn as much as we can about everything we can, because one thing I have learned in my life is that most of what we have ever been taught has been a lie." ~ William (Bill) Cooper [Author of Behold a Pale Horse]
“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.” ~ Doris Lessing, [The Golden Notebook]
3) Rights | Children have no rights at schools and are expected to follow an endless number of rules that ensure obedience to authority. It’s so bad that kids don’t even have the right to go to the bathroom in schools without having to ask permission from authority. Can you believe it? That’s because kids in schools are literally slaves without any rights.
"Parents give up their rights when they drop their children off at public school." ~ Melinda Harmon, Federal Judge, 1996
"The school system is designed to teach obedience and conformity and prevent the child’s natural capacities from developing." ~ Noam Chomsky
“All the time you are in school, you learn through experience how to live in a dictatorship.” ~ Grace Llewellyn
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." ~ William Pitt
"Nature is based on harmony. So it says if we want to survive and become more like nature, then we actually have to understand that it’s cooperation versus competition." ~ Bruce Lipton
"There’s a theory that says that life is based on a competition and the struggle and the fight for survival, and it’s interesting because when you look at the fractal character of evolution, it’s totally different. It’s based on cooperation among the elements in the geometry and not competition." ~ Bruce Lipton
"The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage." ~ Arie de Geus
"Modern education is competitive, nationalistic and separative. It has trained the child to regard material values as of major importance, to believe that his nation is also of major importance and superior to other nations and peoples. The general level of world information is high but usually biased, influenced by national prejudices, serving to make us citizens of our nation but not of the world." ~ Albert Einstein
“If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.” ~ Carl Rogers
“Artificial learning takes what is simple and natural and turns it into a complex array of objectives, goals, measurements, administrators, supervisors, counselors, and transportation experts. Natural education requires only a guide providing direction, and a learner ready to discover and create goals and values that are personally meaningful.” ~ Linda Dobson
5) Individualism | A Free Spirit is a person who thinks and acts in an uninhibited way without worrying about normal social rules: nonconformist. Schooling kills a child’s free spirit which leads to a complete lack of individual expression.
"Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus." ~ Naval
“The reason so many people are opting out of education is that it doesn’t feed their spirit. It doesn’t feed their energy or their passion.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson
“Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.” ~ Arthur Koestler
"Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations." ~ John Dewey [The Father of American Education]
"Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals choose the way they think." ~ Martin Seligman
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." ~ Ayn Rand
"I found out there weren’t too many limitations, if I did things my way." ~ Johnny Cash
6) Experience | Schools completely deprive kids of the top four things they need in life: love, self care, connecting with nature, and free play. Kids learn from real world experience, not schooling. Parents that understand that schools do not set kids up for the real world, but actually do the exact opposite, significantly limits a child’s opportunity to learn in the real world limiting their real world experiences. Unschooling opens a child’s imagination to a world of different possibilities and allows them the freedom to pursue their passions engaging in activities that are meaningful to them. Schools are prisons that not only mentally enslave the minds of children, but also physically enslave them by forcing them to sit for long periods of time, spending hours and hours locked inside classrooms instead of playing in nature or actually experiencing the real world. School constrains learning, that is its purpose. It’s time to start living and learning outside the box! The truth is that there’s no substitute for real world experience!
"Homeschooled children have greater potential to work outside the box because they are educated outside the box." ~ Thomas Purifoy
"What we learn to do, we learn by doing." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"In life lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action." ~ Tony Robbins
“What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
"Education is the acquisition of the art of the utilisation of knowledge." ~ Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, [British philosopher & Mathematician]
“Our whole theory of education is based on the absurd notion that we must learn to swim on land before tackling the water.” ~ Henry Miller
“The only thing we don’t have is the experience that there is nothing we don’t have.” ~ Werner Erhard
"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." ~ Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher
“All experience is an arch to build upon.” ~ Henry B. Adams
“We are raised in a culture that values expertise over exploration.” ~ Nina Wise
School teaches people how to memorize dots, Unschooling connects the dots:
"Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice." ~ Anton Chekhov
"Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness." ~ Sacha Guitry, 1885-1957, French writer]
"Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty." ~ Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher]
"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, Wife of the 32nd USA president]
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ~ Albert Einstein
“If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future.” ~ Maria Montessori
7) Bullying | According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, “One of every 5 students reports being bullied!” The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” shows the emotional drama and bullying that are all too common at schools and how it affects everyone, even those who you don’t think would be affected. The whole culture of school is based on bullying from the top down, forcing kids to do things that they would not do naturally takes away their free choice, so it’s not surprising they act out by bullying others kids because this is exactly what schools are teaching them. This is why John Holt said the following:
"Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much of the world as we can (to them); give children as much help and guidance as they ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest." ~ John Holt, “How Children Learn”
“This idea that children won’t learn without outside rewards and penalties, or in the debased jargon of the behaviorists, “positive and negative reinforcements,” usually becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we treat children long enough as if that were true, they will come to believe it is true. So many people have said to me, “If we didn’t make children do things, they wouldn’t do anything.” Even worse, they say, "If I weren’t made to do things, I wouldn’t do anything.
It is the creed of a slave.” ~ John Holt, [How Children Fail]
"The only time most people will experience violence in their lives is in government schools." ~ Michael Malice
“Compulsion – nonconsensual education – requires violence; it requires complete control over what students put into their brain, the people they are exposed to, the places they are authorized to be, and oftentimes, with free lunch programs, what food goes into their body. Compulsory systems are resentful of families who do not enforce homework or dress code policies; are reluctant to allow parents into its buildings except once or twice a year on special “open house” days; and fear parents who choose to homeschool.” ~ Brian Huskie, [A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School]
8) Politics | Schools are not apolitical and they could never be, most everyone working at schools are completely absorbed by politics. The entire school system and curriculum is a result of politics. The great thing about unschooling is that it is apolitical, unschoolers can rightfully choose whether to engage in politics or not. Unschooling attracts all political parties including libertarians and anarchists. When schools lean one way or another, which they all do, they become indoctrination centers for a particular political party. The reality is that most faculty are more like political activists than real unbiased teachers.
"Government involvement in education must be abolished. A natural order in education means that it is entirely a family matter." ~ Hans Herrmann Hoppe (American-German Economist)
"Men can never escape being governed. Either they must govern themselves or they must submit to being governed by others." ~ Theodore Roosevelt [Jamestown, VA, April 26, 1907]
“We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.” ~ Horace Mann
"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants." ~ Albert Camus
"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim." ~ Elie Wiesel
"You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent." ~ John Dewey [The Father of American Education]
"The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it." ~ Joseph Goebbels
9) Motivation | Schools are all about rewards and punishments which is extrinsic motivation, but intrinsic motivation is what truly drives us, especially to our passions, interests, success, and happiness.
"Compulsory school environment induces learned helplessness, anxiety, depression. It also inhibits creativity and it inhibits empathy." ~ Cevin Soling
"Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter." ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Many well behaved children are not truly self-regulated; They are afraid." ~ Iris Chin
"Coercive schooling is not good for children. Schooling that children are forced to endure – in which the subject matter is imposed by others and the “learning” is motivated by extrinsic rewards and punishments rather than by the children’s true interests – turns learning from a joyful activity into a chore, to be avoided whenever possible. Coercive schooling, which tragically is the norm in our society, suppresses curiosity and overrides children’s natural ways of learning. It also promotes anxiety, depression and feelings of helplessness that all too often reach pathological levels." ~ Peter Gray
10) Entrepreneurship | Parents that want to raise entrepreneurs love unschooling because it encourages all the building blocks of pursuing your passions. Children who are empowered are more much more likely to start their own businesses. Whereas schools make good employees that will feel comfortable with a job in a cubicle, unschooling creates entrepreneurs.
"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." ~ Jim Rohn
"I didn’t fail school, school failed me.
School fails entrepreneurs everyday,
because it’s not built for entrepreneurs,
it’s built for workers." ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
"Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t." ~ Unknown Author
"Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee." ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
11) Family | Many parents are still recovering and deschooling from all the damage there schooling caused them so they don’t want to force their children into the same system of abuse. Schooling promotes the complete destruction of the family.
"Don’t question your ability to teach your child. Question putting your child into the same institution that left you questioning your ability to teach your child."
"The greatest gift a parent can leave a child is that parent’s own independence." ~ Rosamunde Pilcher
"Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach." ~ W.E.B. Du Bois
"For many of us, parenting has been filled with struggle. There is a better way. You don’t have to learn it. You already know it. You only have to trust it." ~ William Martin
"We’ve seen the evidence that shows how harmful control is to children and their development. That evidence resides not only in research, but also in our own experiences as children and adults." ~ Teresa Graham Brett
“The most potent force for change…is the growing recognition of millions of adults that their own impoverished expectations and frustrations came, in large measure, from their schooling.” ~ Marilyn Ferguson
"Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; The ones who accept you for what you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile; And who love you no matter what." ~ Unknown
“Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.” ~ Unknown
"Schooling is a form of adoption. You give your kid away at his or her most formative years to a group of strangers. You accept a promise that the state, through its agents, knows better how to raise your children and educate them than you do." ~ John Taylor Gatto
"I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions." ~ Ezra Taft Benson, [The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, P. 307]
12) Self Discovery |
“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.” ~ Jean Piaget
“Only if you reject all the other paths can you discover your own path.” ~ U.G. Krishnamurti, [Mind Is a Myth]
"I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for ones self." ~ George Washington Carver
“It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.” ~ Albert Einstein
"There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
"As part of our obsession with early achievement, we’ve turned quitting into a pejorative, an insult that cuts straight to our sense of self-worth. And that’s not just unfair, it’s destructive. In a drive to suppress individuality and reinforce cultural norms, society has turned one of the most effective tools for self-discovery into a proverbial four-letter word. It’s Taylorism at its worst, reinforcing the message: Stay on the culturally accepted conveyor belt to success at all costs." ~ Rich Karlgaard
13) Discrimination | Many people choose to empower their kids by unschooling them for this very reason because of major disparities in schooling across the nation such as Institutional Systemic Racism.