Unschooling the Silicon Valley Way

The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids | WIRED

The Cook boys are homeschooled, have been ever since their parents opted not to put them in kindergarten. Samantha’s husband Chris never liked school himself; as a boy, he preferred fiddling on his dad’s IBM PC to sitting in a classroom. After three attempts at college, he found himself unable to care about required classes like organic chemistry and dropped out to pursue a career in computers. It paid off; today he is the lead systems administrator at Pandora. Samantha is similarly independent-minded—she blogs about feminism, parenting, art technology, and education reform and has started a network of hackerspaces for kids. So when it came time to educate their own children, they weren’t in any hurry to slot them into a traditional school.

Unschooling Programs Teach Outdoor Survival Skills

Academic Success, Hunger Games-Style?

Trackers Earth, a radical homeschool program, teaches archery, blacksmithing, and survival with an “unschooling” philosophy. One school-day morning, a 7-year-old girl with black rain boots, a quiver of arrows, and a bow in hand stands in a line with three other children. Another group throws metal ninja stars. Meanwhile, at six anvils surrounding three furnaces…