Unschooling is interest-based learning. At it's most basic, it is a form of homeschooling where, instead of following a school schedule, you follow the child's interests. It sounds like it wouldn't work because we are taught that kids won't learn if they aren't forced, but this isn't actually true. Children are born with a need to learn, much the same way they need to eat, sleep and breathe. But just as all children have different tastes in foods and different sleeping patterns, children also have different learning patterns and preferences in materials. When you follow their learning patterns and preferences, you get an education that is tailor made for you child rather than a one-size-fits-all education.
at 3:04 PM on Jan. 14, 2010