Podcast Episode #22 – A Focus on Passion in Education

Journey to Unschooling

In my continued conversation with Tanya and her 16 year old son Gavin about their educational choices, you’ll hear a refreshing perspective on following your intuition and trusting yourself.

Tanya calls on parents to turn trust we’ve traditionally given to societal systems back to ourselves and our children – whether kids are in schools or not.

Gavin shares his perspective on his learning and his current interests, which includes photography. He describes what unschooling looks like for him on a regular day.

Both Tanya and Gavin emphasize personal freedom, and the impact it has on education. It takes time and space to follow interests into passions into skills. Gavin is grateful he has this in his life. Tanya is grateful for the ease and peace unschooling has provided the family. They both urge other families to have both the patience and courage to follow a unique path that feels good for everyone.

The advice they impart touches on the current collective discussion around education, freedom, and what’s really important in this journey. This warm conversation is both enlightening and encouraging.


Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org

Follow the Sharkey family on social media:

Family: www.instagram.com/theperfectlyflawedfamily

Gavin’s Photography: http://www.instagram.com/gavinsharkeyphotography

Addy’s Makeup: www.instagram.com/Adelaide’s_Makeup

In our 7th year of unschooling, the Sharkey family is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY after being longtime resident of St. Petersburg, FL. We have a love of travel and embracing new experiences. We enjoy inviting people from around the world to stay with us through Couchsurfing.com, and offer our house and pet-sitting services through trustedhousesitters.com.


Rebecca Thompson Hitt

Rebecca is the founder of The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC, and author of 3 books (Consciously Parenting: What it really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families, Creating Connection: Essential Tools for Growing Families through Conception, Birth and Beyond, and Nurturing Connection: What Parents Need to Know about Emotional Expression and Bonding), numerous classes and recordings, and the former co-host of a radio show, True North Parents.

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