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

Updates

 NEW BOOK! GWS issues 1 to 19 are now available in print and digital formats.  Learn more  about the book and  read excerpts here .

NEW BOOK! GWS issues 1 to 19 are now available in print and digital formats. Learn more about the book and read excerpts 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
My Friend, John Gatto

John Taylor Gatto, a famous schoolteacher and author, died last week. I knew him first as a writer and ally of unschooling, and eventually got to know him as a friend. John Gatto passed away on Oct. 25, 2018, and I want to share some of my memories of him. I took this photo of John in a dressing room at Carnegie Hall before he took the stage for his event, The Exhausted School.

Schools and Homeschoolers Cooperate in Alberta

I spoke at a conference in Calgary, Alberta last month and learned that some school boards there cooperate with homeschoolers and help with reimbursements for educational expenses. It’s an interesting model for schools and homeschoolers.

Self-Directed Learning Flourishes Online—Unless We Lose Net Neutrality

This is about more than just saving money: when the internet is a place where anyone, anywhere, can set up a website to talk about their passion and interact with like-minded people, and where anyone with an internet connection can find them, self-directed learning can take us anywhere … If we can't save net neutrality, young people who want to take charge of their own education will find that the internet has been turned into just another place where someone else decides what they can read, watch, and listen to …