In a Movement of Unschooling, Parents Let Kids Set Their Educational Pace
The Biegler children live as though school doesn’t exist.
They’re at home all day, but they’re not being homeschooled. They’re being “unschooled.” There are no textbooks, no tests and no formal education at all in their world.
What’s more, that hands-off approach extends to other areas of the children’s lives: They make their own decisions, and don’t have chores or rules.
Christine Yablonski and Phil Biegler of Westford, Mass., are self-described “radical unschoolers.” They allow their teen daughter and son to decide what they want to learn, and when they want to learn it.
“They key there is that you’ve got to trust your kids to … find their own interests,” Yablonski told “Good Morning America.”
Yablonski described unschooling as “living your life as if the school system didn’t exist.”
When asked how their children learn things like math, she said, “If they need formal algebra understanding, then they will, they’ll find that information.”