Pat's next webinar is April 27, 2015: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home? This session is free during the day of broadcast and 24 hours after they air. The entire series will be available for sale when all the webinars are recorded. The first webinar is available free: Why Should I Homeschool?    


Pat's next webinar is April 27, 2015:
What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home? This session is free during the day of broadcast and 24 hours after they air. The entire series will be available for sale when all the webinars are recorded.

The first webinar is available free: Why Should I Homeschool?

 

 

Welcome to the site about John Holt , a teacher and writer who advocated more humane classrooms and then, when he sensed such school reform was not really wanted by most people, became one of the founders of the homeschooling movement, which Holt originally called "unschooling." Unschooling—learning that doesn't look like school nor has to happen at home—is an effective way to work with, not on, young children and teenagers to help them learn.

Unschooling is also documented in the pages of the magazine Holt founded, Growing Without Schooling (GWS), as are articles, audio, and video recordings of Holt and other pioneers of learning without schooling.

You will also find information, research, and support for learning outside of school.
—Patrick Farenga

John Holt's Reading List

Over 200 books, materials, games, and recordings sold by HoltGWS over the course of more than twenty years. Many were selected and reviewed by John Holt in the pages of Growing Without Schooling (GWS). Get inspired by the materials used by unschoolers and homeschoolers before the Internet!

Download your free copy or read it online here.

Purchase the book for $9.99 and get the Kindle version for .99 cents!  Available alone as Kindle or in ePub and other formats at Smashwords: $2.99 "The Legacy of John Holt is unequivocally provocative and memorable."—The Portland (OR) Book Review. More reviews of The Legacy of John Holt

Purchase the book for $9.99 and get the Kindle version for .99 cents!  Available alone as Kindle or in ePub and other formats at Smashwords: $2.99 "The Legacy of John Holt is unequivocally provocative and memorable."—The Portland (OR) Book Review. More reviews of The Legacy of John Holt

Pat Farenga's Blog

Pat Farenga's Blog
The Art of Self-Directed Learning

Boles always moves from the theoretical to the practical in this book, and I enjoy how he doesn’t present learning as a series of boxes to check on a report card, but as an adventurous journey that shapes your life right now, not after graduation and you enter the “real world.”

The Self-Directed Learning Award

North Star celebrates self-directed learning in its local community with an annual award that goes to a publicly nominated person who did not complete high school (though they may hold a GED) and who “lives as a model of successful self-directed learning . . ."

Escaping the Education Caste System

Some Indian parents help their children cheat on exams to get ahead, and treat children harshly to make them study, in what they perceive as a dog-eat-dog world of education. Is conventional schooling the only way to help people learn and grow into good citizens?