There is a wealth of information out there that validates self-directed learning as an effective approach to education. Listed on this resource page are a few references to get you started and support you during this paradigm shift.



Though there are several, these books have become somewhat canon and fundamental to starting and supporting someone on the deschooling path.

  • Free To Learn by Peter Gray
  • Summerhill by A.S. Neil
  • Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar by James Marcus Bach
  • The Art of Self-Directed Learning by Blake Boles
  • Free At Last by Daniel Greenburg

The following websites exist to promote, connect, inform, and organize around the realm of self-directed education.


Below we link to the main websites and blogs of prolific and notable scholars, educators, and practitioners in the realm of unschooling and self-directed education. Each of them with their own perspectives, theories, and approaches. Each of them gateways to massive amounts of stories and information about this realm of alternative education.

  • Peter Gray
  • Ken Robinson
  • Sugatra Mitra
  • Akilah Richards
  • A.S. Neil
  • Daniel Greenberg
  • Yaachov Hecht
  • Blake Boles
  • John Holt
  • Penelope Trunk