About The Unschooler Experiment

Peter Kowalke

The Unschooler Experiment founder, Peter Kowalke.

Unschooling is a mindset, not just an educational philosophy. It is about questioning and taking responsibility for all areas of your life instead of being passive and accepting what others tell you about the world.

While most unschoolers start by applying this idea to their educational experience, few end there. There’s a reason why a disproportionate ratio of entrepreneurs, thinkers, artists and success stories come from the unschooling community. Unschooling is a profoundly positive mindset that stays with you.

At the same time, taking responsibility for your life and questioning received wisdom also is profoundly scary. It is exhilarating. But it also is scary. Many people question your choices, and this is particularly uncomfortable when you do make mistakes. It also is hard to know if your life will turn out a success because every unschooling journey is unique, and nobody but you is responsible for your choices.

The Unschooler Experiment exists to meet these twin needs. First, it is a community of people who share this questioning mindset, and who know what it is like to unschool. This can be a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by systems, norms, and unquestioned behavior.

Second, The Unschooler Experiment exists to reassure those on their unschooling journey, whether they are 15, 35, or just a parent of someone who unschools (parents can unschool, too, by the way!). While every unschooling journey is unique, it can be quite reassuring to see others on a similar path. Read some of our stories or watch some of our videos, and you’ll know what we mean.

The Unschooler Experiment was founded in 2006 by Peter Kowalke, a lifelong unschooler who has spent much of his career exploring the lasting influence of home education. Peter is a former columnist both for Home Education Magazine and Life Learning magazine, produced the groundbreaking Grown Without Schooling documentary, has been speaking at education conferences since he was 14, and worked not only for the homeschooling umbrella school, Clonlara, but also with the Indian unschooling community, Shikshantar Andolan.