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A free, web-based source of support and information about interest-based, learner-directed education for all ages (also known as life learning, unschooling, natural learning, and free-range learning). Life Learning Magazine was founded in 2002, so there are about four hundred articles on this site, and more are being added weekly. Our goal is to make our complete archive available for free on this website, in addition to all the newly published articles. Check them all out here.

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Pushing Back Against What They Don't Understand - Life learning and self-direction by children invokes many reactions when people aren't deschooled, including anger. Read more.

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Don't Praise, Celebrate! - Praise can backfire. When an activity becomes more about winning approval than about learning new skills, joy gives way to anxiety. Read more.

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Life Learning Changes our View of Success - When we realize that school is not necessary, we can accept that kids will become successful when trusted to define that for themselves. Read more.

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The Many Subtle Faces of Authority - An activity life learners turn to in order to replace or balance school-type authority can be a subtle face of authority itself.  Read more.

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Experiential Learning is Children's Work - Children learn experientially, doing meaningful work in the real world, motivated by their interests and goals. Read more.

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Coercion, Compulsory Attendance, and Adultism - The use of the term self-directed education is not compatible with compulsory attendance. Read more.

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Grown-Up Unschoolers - Life learning is a journey and learning and growing are on-going processes. We never become totally educated any more than we ever completely grow up.  Read more.

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Defining Life Learning - We coined the term "life learning" to describe a philosophy that trusts children and involves living as if school doesn't exist. Here are some articles on this topic Read more.

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