Participate in a Study of Grown Unschoolers

Dr. Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, is seeking adults who were unschooled for a new study he is conducting. He writes:

[This is] a study of adults—age 18 and older—who were “unschooled” during at least the last two years of what otherwise would have been their high school years.  For this study we are seeking the participation not just of those who were in the initial sample of families, but also anybody, anywhere, who fits the criteria.
For the sake of this study, “unschooling” is defined as follows: Unschooling is not schooling. Unschooling parents do not send their children to school and they do not do at home the kinds of things that are done at school. More specifically, they do not establish a curriculum for their children, do not require their children to do particular assignments for the purpose of education, and do not test their children to measure progress. Instead, they allow their children freedom to pursue their own interests and to learn, in their own ways, what they need to know to follow those interests. They may, in various ways, provide an environmental context and environmental support for the child's learning. In general, unschoolers see life and learning as one.
For our study of unschooled adults, we are seeking people who meet the following criteria:
a.  Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
b. Participants must have been unschooled (by the above definition) for at least two years during what would have been their high school years.  AND
c. Participants must not have attended 11th and 12th grade at a high school.
If you meet these criteria and are willing to participate in the study, or if you have any questions about the study, please send an email to Gina Riley at this address:  If you have questions or comments about this study that might be of interest to other readers, please post them here.  Either Gina or I will answer any questions.
If you know anyone who qualifies for this study, please tell them about it and send them Gina’s email address and/or a link to this blog post.  If you belong to an unschooling group of any sort, please send them a link to this post.  To make this study most effective, we want to reach as many unschooled adults as we possibly can.

THANK YOU for considering this request!