Grown Unschoolers

Grown Unschoolers' Success Stories

First, we should say that we know "success" has to be defined on a personal level. For some it's money, for others it's prestige, and for others it's about their own happiness or living the life they want to live. The older we all get, we realize that our definition of success can change over time too. But, everyone should know that unschoolers can make the choices they want to make about their own lives.

As parents, we sometimes worry that our choices are going to close doors for our kids. And I suppose that's true - we move to certain parts of the country, we have incomes that may cause some financial limits. But unschooling per se does not close doors. Grown unschoolers are able to get into college, do well, and get careers. Other unschooled "grads" skip the college route and dive into careers. Some take a couple of years to travel and then reevaluate the plan.

But if you have concerns that grown unschoolers are not doing well, let these resources allay your fears.

Videos & Podcasts

Lots of grown unschoolers have done interviews on panels or spoken live in front of audiences. Here's our collection of their recordings.

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Astra Taylor discusses her life
Look for "Growing Up Unschooling" podcasts
Going to College

Writings & Books

As time moves on, we have more and more grown unschoolers to read about! Hooray!


Grown Homeschoolers share about their lives

Survey of Grown Unschoolers
Going to College
Peter Gray | Psychology Today

Nearly 50 articles about grown homeschoolers
Read more about Sue Patterson's kids

Next Steps...

Go to a conference and see for yourself! Many unschooling-friendly conferences offer panels of grown unschoolers available to answer questions from audience members. Check the program too - many are often speakers on various topics.