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Unschooling, as it was coined by John Holt back in the 70s, has also been referred to as de-schooling, free range learning, and life learning. Regardless of the name, unschooling is based on Holt's belief that children do not need to be coerced into learning. Children who are unschooled are being educated, just not in a traditional school way. Holt believed that children will learn naturally if they are free to follow their own interests. When unschooling, the child leads the way, but the parent must provide the appropriate learning environment and educational resources. There are no set schedules and no specific curriculum or structure unless it is what the child wants.1

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