"Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams."


 "Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams." ~ Thoreau


When I saw the tracks of this little creature on the sand, I thought:

You are my people.

The thoughts on these pages are the result of many years of circling, paths taken, doubled back on, then resumed along a slightly different arc.  My habit is to write slowly, and little.  I don’t believe in writing a book when a long essay will do, or in writing a brief blog post when a long essay is needed. 

I've spent about a quarter century now watching some magnificent human beings growing up in and out, but mostly out, of school, mostly according to a philosophy variably known as unschooling, deschooling, life learning, or self-directed learning. All of which pretty much just mean life.  Without school.  They have taught me a lot, been witness to and recipients of some of my greatest blunders (as my daughter said to me one day when she was about nine, I try to remind myself that you're just a young inexperienced mother), and sources of a joy more boundless than I had ever thought possible.

Because of my circling habit, some of the thoughts here are repeated; held up in different lights; at different angles; in juxtaposition to different things.  The one thing I've learned over the years is that whatever it is, it's not linear. I'll be adding new material here from time to time, but in between will be periods of quiet.

Thanks for visiting.



 Slow learning. (Another name for unschooling.)

 Carol Black in 2008.

Carol Black is a writer and filmmaker, director of the documentary film Schooling the World and creator with her husband Neal Marlens of the television series The Wonder Years. She studied literature and education at Swarthmore College and UCLA, and for the past twenty-five years has been deeply involved in the unschooling and alternative education movements as a parent, activist, and teacher of writing and filmmaking.  She has two grown daughters, neither of whom has ever taken a standardized test.