What is Deschooling?

Deschooling is the time it takes to adjust to learning at home without school. During this time, we come to learn who we are, what learning is for, how we can work together, and all that is possible when we learn in the world around us.

Deschooling is a transition from relying on external measurements of success, to instead finding our own rhythm, meaning, and goals. Deschooling is the process of becoming unleashed from the habitual ideas of what education is, which gives us new tools which are more compatible and appropriate for learning at home with our children.

Deschooling isn’t just for kids. It’s for adults too. It’s a family process. Deschooling means getting it out of our heads that in order to learn, we have to do things like the schools do it. Being deschooled
means being free.

More information about deschooling

There are several posts on the Just Enough blog about deschooling. Here are some samples:

Here are all of the posts about deschooling.

Links to other articles and blog posts about deschooling

Sandra Dodd’s Deschooling for Parents

Indigo River Academy – Deschool Before You Homeschool

An Unschooling Life – A Personal Account of Deschooling

Free Book Excerpts – First few pages of Deschooling Gently

Deschooling, Unschooling and Natural Learning, by Beverley Paine

“Deschooling specifically refers to that period of adjustment experienced by children removed from school settings. It also can include the process of deschooling parents; that is, the unlearning of concepts and beliefs about the nature and purpose of education. School based methods of instruction and thinking rarely translate directly into the homeschool, and where they are tried, often parents run into the same kinds of problems faced by teachers in schools! Children and parents need time to adjust to the new arrangement. Often this is best begun with a ‘holiday’ at home, a time to observe and record what naturally occurs in the child’s life, and where additional resources are needed to introduce additional learning activities considered important and essential. It often takes many months, and sometimes even a year, for the process of deschooling to unfold. During this time it is a great idea to seek support from families who display a similar style of homeschooling to yourself. ” [—Beverley Paine, 1999]