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 or 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 much other information, research, and support for learning outside of school here.
—Patrick Farenga

Upcoming Events

The conference is available online for free during the week of May 23 but you need to register to attend.

The conference is available online for free during the week of May 23 but you need to register to attend.

The Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference will be held in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on June 4th and 5th, 2016. Pat Farenga brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on the history and future of homeschooling. Tomis Parker and Nancy Tilton, from the Agile Learning Centers, will share their experiences building a network of schools that facilitate self-directed learning. Tickets available here.

The Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference will be held in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on June 4th and 5th, 2016. Pat Farenga brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on the history and future of homeschooling. Tomis Parker and Nancy Tilton, from the Agile Learning Centers, will share their experiences building a network of schools that facilitate self-directed learning. Tickets available 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
Homeschooling is a Social Movement

It is all too easy, particularly in election years, to forget that homeschooling is a wide-ranging social movement, not a party-specific political movement . . .

Schooling is Not the Same as Education

My thoughts on an article in the Journal of Philosophy of Education that discusses, among other interesting things, the uneasy relationships between homeschooling and mainstream schooling.

You Do Not Need a PhD to Look at a Child and to Think About What He is Doing

From John Holt's reply to Dr. Jerome Bruner's letter to the NY Review of Books: "The proper business of the intellectual is to make complicated ideas more simple, not simple ideas more complicated; to make the real world more comprehensible, not less so." Read more about this sharp exchange . . .