Prepared for the Future Through Unschooling

Prepared for the Future Through Unschooling
October 26, 2012 Lainie Liberti

Unschooling:  A Climate of Creativity

A recent Huffington Post article called Building a Creativity ClimateMeghan Keener focuses on the problems creative companies in the future will face, finding suitable employees as today’s students are moving into the work force. Keener believes the collective compliant mindset of young workers fresh out an educational system that focuses more on test taking and memorization, could potentially become a threat to the U.S. economy (and culture).


The current systems lacks supporting creativity, thus inspiring innovation.

According to the article, an analysis of 42 studies on the relationship between creativity and climate factors,  emerged as major predictors of creative performance:

1. Positive interpersonal exchange
2. Intellectual stimulation
3. Challenge
4. Flexibility and risk-taking
5. Top management support
6. Positive supervisory relationships
7. Positive peer group
8. Mission clarity
9. Organizational integration
10. Participation
11. Product emphasis
12. Reward orientation
13. Resources
14. Autonomy

Another crucial factor in enhancing creativity — which accompanies many of the above factors — is positive emotion.

I read this article and with every cell in my body, knew that unschooling was preparing children around the world for a bright and successful future. There isn’t a single factor listed above that doesn’t naturally occur in our unschooling experience. But what makes me so sure unschooling is preparing my son for the world is that each of those aspects are being experienced with a positive emotion layered upon it. Natural learning is happening and there is no resistance to being creative.

Miro following his passion for gardening.

It’s a natural occurrence.

Do I believe Miro will be prepared for the future? YES! He’s been innovating his own life for the last 3 years. He’s happy, healthy, loves learning, innovating, problem solving  and creating.

Why would I believe that will stop as a result of being an adult?


  1. Stuart 12 years ago

    Another thought provoker Lainie! I don’t really understand the nuances of unschooling, worldschooling, homeschooling but do understand informal, learner-centred learning in its many guises whether amongst kids or grown-ups and know how creative, challenging, unlimiting, empowering, powerful and community focused it can be. The list of ‘factors enabling creativity’ quoted though sounds like it’s from another world, a structured, classifying, organisational world, a world said to struggle with the issue of creativity, although I don’t know if that’s really true. Anyway, my point is, that clash got me wondering things like.. are these two different worlds? Does un/world/home schooling prepare kids for that world or vice versa? Should it? Or does it create another kind of being more suited to other environments? Oh so many questions.

  2. Sue Patterson 12 years ago

    You’re right, Lainie! My unschooled “kids” are now 18, 21, & 23. And they have MUCH more creativity in how they approach life and all it’s problems/issues. Just thought I’d stop by and say, “It works!”

    Have fun on all your adventures!

  3. I was shaking my head yes, too, as I read that list. I believe very passionatly that the kids who are able to direct their own learning, who understand how to formulate a goal or dream to follow, make specific plans and follow through with them are going to be the most successful when they are adults. They will be able to be flexible enough to fit into many different work environments, whether it’s for themselves or for someone else.

  4. Shara 11 years ago

    I can so appreciate this. I am watching so many children fall into Super Conformity. Even children’s thought processes are being demanded from them at such a young age. Meghan’s reference to “dimensions” is what rang my bell. Thank you for adding positive emotion because even emotion at all is a crucial factor. Love to see your posts coming back! This one is fantastic!

  5. Franca 11 years ago

    A very interesting article indeed. I’m not a parent yet, I love traveling for long period of time and I always wondered what I’ll do from the education point of you when I’ll eventually have children if I decide to continue my nomadic life with them too. Yours and Miro’s experience is a great example and very inspiring!

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