They Only Get One Childhood: The Value of Self-Directed Education

Houston Sudbury School was recently featured on the website Reason.com as part of a story exploring “unschooling”, or, as some prefer to call it, “self-directed education” (SDE). As a parent of children who attend HSS, I was excited to see the story. However, as I watched some of the comments coming in on YouTube, I couldn’t help but feel judged and defensive for our family’s choice in education. Many of the commenters were expressing concern that children will never choose to learn and that they can’t be trusted to learn on their own. Reading the comments reminded me of my own feelings when I first heard about unschooling. It didn’t make sense to me either, especially since I had two old

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