what is worldschooling?
Worldschooling is the intentional act of viewing the world as one’s classroom.
The term “Worldschooling” was coined over a decade ago by Eli Gerzon, an unschooled young man who saw the world around him as the greatest classroom available. As an extension of this unschooling advocacy, a worldschooling facebook group was formed . Since 2012, Lainie Liberti has facilitated online communities in support of worldschooling and is committed to her advocay. The Project World School Family Summits are the official gatherings of the We Are Worldschoolers facebook community.
worldschooling in relation to education & learning:
There are many worldschooling styles and many ways families address education. Some families often times oscillate from one to several different styles of education, while other families are committed to a particular style for the duration of their children’s school years. All are welcome and all are valid in this at the Project World School Family Summits. There are no right or wrong ways to worldschool, only variations.
homeschooling worldschoolers or the untraditional traditionalist
Within this category there are endless variations. Some families use traditional school curriculum, others use religious-based curriculum. Some families follow curriculum provided by US charter schools. Some families opt for traditional store-bought curriculum and education systems that provide structured methodologies like Charlotte Mason, others prefer Montessori. Classical homeschoolers, Waldorf, multiple intelligences approaches, online schools, self-directed curriculum and project-based homeschooling. These are all valid options. Many families choose an eclectic blend that utilizes some or all of these options and supplement their child’s structured learning based on the places they travel to. All are valid and very personal choices and all have a space at the Project World School Family Summits.
A general definition of “unschooling” is to live as if school does not exist. There are deeper philosophies at the foundation of the unschooling movement that include supported self-directed learning as an outcome of natural learning, usually facilitated by the parent(s). Unschooling is a term that the late John Holt coined in the late ‘70′s to describe learning that is based on a child’s interests and needs. Unschooling does not begin with a parent’s notion of what is important to learn and then turn the choices of how to learn the content over to a child. Rather, it begins with the child’s natural curiosity and expands from there. Unschooling is not “instruction free” learning. If a child wants to learn to read, an unschooling parent may offer instruction by providing help with decoding, reading to the child, and giving the child ample opportunity to encounter words. Unschoolers often do no traditional school work, yet they do learn traditional subject matters. They learn it as a natural extension of exploring their own personal interests.
Combining travel with unschooling is a natural choice for many worldschoolers as children can’t help but to learn from the world around them. In simple terms, the world teaches. Since learning happens naturally, the freedom to be exposed to new interests through travel has literally transformed the world into an interactive classroom for many. Many report that the newness of daily surroundings provide stimulation and fuel curiosity. Where a family takes it from there is up to them, but the engaged family will most definitely be intentional about learning opportunities.
the third culture kid expat
Third culture kid (TCK) is a term used to refer to children raised in a culture other than their parents’ (or the culture of the country given on the child’s passport, where they are legally considered native) for a significant part of their early developmental years. The majority of TCKs live as expats in other countries and attend either international or local schools as part of cultural immersion. Some may enroll in schools for a shorter period of time and some may enroll for longer durations depending on their family’s living and working situations. As a result, kids that are educated in formal settings in a host country are considered worldschoolers.
traditionalist – worldschooling as an educational supplement
There are those within our community who live the majority of their time in one location creating a base in their home country, whose children are enrolled in traditional schools and they travel as a family during school vacations. Worldschooling becomes an addition to traditional schooling and exposure to the world in this form is still beneficial. Many traditionalists do not travel regularly but try to incorporate world cultures in their lives through a handful of ways: hosting others from other countries, exploring cultures through food, art, cinema, news and engaging in language learning. Those in this category are also worldschoolers and are welcome at the Project World School Family Summits.