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[Last updated on: Thu Sep 19 16:18:30 1996]

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* Why You Should Save This Message

Somewhere down the line, you are going to have questions about this list. 99% of the answers you seek are contained within this Welcome Message.

* History in a Nutshell

Since August 1995, the Unschooling List has brought together families who are interested in child-led learning. These families share their personal experiences, offer advice, and pose questions.

You will find that this list reflects the varying "degrees" of unschooling: from "totally unstructured learning", to "a lot of structure with a little unschooling thrown in". Since this list was created especially to celebrate our children's diversity, please also remember to be tolerant of other parents' diverse beliefs and parenting styles.

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Also, Threads have also been known to unravel from time to time. There are a variety of reasons for this. Two examples come to mind:
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