Unschooling — letting children pursue their own interests without classes, textbooks or adult direction — is the choice of some homeschoolers, reports the New York Times.
The Billings children are not graded. Weekends are no different from weekdays, summer from winter. They draw or read or play outside, or go on family outings to libraries, museums or the gym. They also attend activities and take lessons familiar to pupils in traditional schools like Girl Scouts, swimming for Gaby and piano â€” if they express an interest â€” but none has seen the inside of a regular classroom.
Unschooling parents believe children will learn more in the long run if they’re allowed to follow their natural curiousity. I suspect they’ll have large gaps in their knowledge.