Adi, 7 years old, on her bed in her room with all her dolls and puppets. She has never been at school. As an unschooler, she learns directly from her daily life experiences. She is free to do what she likes most.
Cosimo, 7 years old, swinging on a rope in his house garden. He has never been at school, since he has been raised as an unschooler. According to this educational method children are free to choose what they prefer to learn. His mother, Micol, doesn’t force him to learn classical subjects but she helps him to understand the world. She has a University degree and a very good education. Cosimo is free to do and to play as he wishes. He loves to live completely naked.
Arturo, 10 years old, reading his diary in his bedroom. On the wall he wrote slogan against Mafia and Mous, two social plagues that afflict Sicily. He is an unschooler and he has never been at school. No one taught him to read and to write. He learnt by himself. His mother used to read him every night a story. The first time he wrote, he was 5 years old and he composed a 3-lines sentence.
Abby, 18 year old, in her bedroom in Medford, Boston, while she is reading a book. She is an unschooler and she never goes to school. She is passionate about Shakespeare since she was 9 years old and she became an expert on the subject. She learned by heart many of his theatrical works and now she organizes theatrical plays.
Eli, 17 years old, is reading a book about music. Eli is playing the flute and he learned it by himself. As an unschooler he has never been to school and he studies the subjects which he is most interested in and gifted for.
Micol, 42 years old, breast feeding in her house her new born child: Amir. Disappointed by the mainstream society, she gave up her job at the University 10 years ago when she was waiting for her first son. She moved back to Sicily in this countryside house and started practicing unschooling because she wanted to give her children a different life and the possibility to become independent thinkers and “be the change that they want to see in the world”.
A picture of Claire, 20 years old, in the cover photo of Boston Magazine is hanging on the wall of her mother’s house. Claire and her family are unschoolers. Her mother Milva, depicted in this portrait, is the author of the book “Unschoolers”, which she is holding in her hand. She encourages her children to follow their own interests and passions while she serves as a guide but not as a teacher. Claire was featured on the Boston Magazine since she was accepted at Harvard University after a whole life without school.
Ella, 15 years old, is now an unschooler. She was initially taught at home like a home schooler and then she decided to go to school for a couple of years in her fourth and fifth grades, because she was curious about it. In the end she decided to quit and continue her education as an unschooler because she thinks that this method gives her more freedom while learning and gives her more control on her own education. In this way she is not limited by school. She loves playing music and she is learning piano.
Alix, 16 years old, was raised as an homeschooler first and then as an unschooler because her parents were disappointed about public school. They think that it doesn’t allowed children to explore their passion and it forces them to learn things they are not interested in or gifted for. Furthermore the school doesn’t leave children with enough time to play.