Our community of unschoolers

As an unschooling parent it’s easy to feel like you are all on your own.  Even though there is a large homeschooling community in NYC, the unschoolers among us are scattered, and I don’t see any of them on a regular basis.   Our email lists have been full of posts on AP testing and college admittance procedures for homeschoolers, neither of which is relevant to us at this point (and may never be, as my kids are not thinking college but business).  So on days when it seems all around me the talk is of sending kids to high school, college prep and curriculum studies, life in the unschool lane can get a bit lonely.

Twitter, believe it or not, has been a huge source of expanding our unschooling contacts and community and I’m very thankful for that.   Folks like Christina Pilkington, Idzie Desmarais,  Maria at Barrels of Oranges,  Katie Pybus and Naomi Kendall, just to name a few, have lifted my spirits on days when I really needed it.

Today I read an article by Wendy Priesnitz of Life Learning Magazine that re-affirmed my belief that we are on the right path for our kids and their future.   Articles like that are pure gold.

All of these women remind me that community is more than the people you see every day.   Community is created through shared interests and connection of spirit.

In that regard, unschoolers make up one of the most generous communities on the planet; generous with their thoughts, their support and their actions.

For that I am truly thankful.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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2 Responses to Our community of unschoolers

  1. maria says:

    This brought tears to my eyes, not just because I’m mentioned, but because finding that community when you are so anti-establishment can be difficult, and the conventional oppression can leave one floundering for some sort of connection. Thank you.