K-12 math learned in 30 hours?! Learn math without "teaching?"

Learning what you want, when you want, how you want. That's the general approach followed by unschoolers, and advocates of natural learning or self-directed learning. [See principles of unschooling and unschooling 101]

Unschooling is popular among homeschoolers, even among new "converts" who have seen the emotional damage done to their children by academic environments.

This natural learning or self-directed learning is even "endorsed" by a leading academic scholar .

But how can you learn math without being strictly being taught?

"If you never teach a stitch of math, in a mathematical culture your kids will learn heaps of it anyway. " [Here are 4 ideas to get started.]

And, it turns out that if you wait until a kid is ready and motivated, they can learn everything they need to know about math concepts from K through 12 to do well on an SAT in 30 hours according to David Albert.

Here's some good reading on the subject:

Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow.: Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Love

Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture

Unschooling Rules: 55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know About Schools and Rediscover Education

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling

Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom


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