Robyn Coburn on Unschooling

Ten Questions with Robyn Coburn, beautiful intro by Pam Laricchia, to an interview Pam did of Robyn in June 2017, with links to the sound file and transcript.


Deschooling is not just the child recovering from school damage. It's also the parents exploring their own school and childhood damage and proactively changing their thinking until the paradigm shift happens.—Robyn Coburn

When Jayn Reads

Encouraging Creativity: Part of an intermittent series of musing on the odd objections people make to home schooling

"Educational": A Label Worth Ignoring

Bullies are No Laughing Matter

A Different Cornucopia

Fairy-Crown Robyn
photo by Jakesmome, September 2006, Albuquerque

Some general thoughts on Respect

The Beautiful Park, hard to describe, and hard to forget

Giving Children Options

"Expectations can get in the way of seeing what is really happening."

Robyn's answer to "How does a person who has no rules to follow as a child cope to life as an adult in a world filled with rules? "

Talking to Babies (one of several contributors)

Avoiding "No"— Saying "Yes"

Mothering During a Melt-Down, with many suggestions for avoiding melt-down situations, and strategies and tools for restoring calm

Robyn was interviewed in January 2024 by Cecelia and Jesper Conrad:

To see video, it's on Youtube: Robyn Coburn | From Doubt to Devotion - The Unschooling Transformation

Robyn responds to questions about options, TV, freedoms...

On young children and TV: What's the Attraction? What are the Fears?

Response to someone saying unschoolers will not be able to keep jobs

Jayn Coburn at a Barbie Convention
Jayn's Barbie scenarios and Robyn's descriptions

"The Early Years"
Once you take out any academic pressures with these younger-than-school-age folk what is left is the Radical or whole life part of Radical Unschooling. I will talk about how I have found that 'to trust' is an action as well as an emotion and how Trust is the foundation of parenting into a life of Unschooling with Joy.

(Robyn, from the 2005 Live and Learn conference)

My father was Elimar Clemens Buschmann, born in Cologne, Germany around 1917 or 18, one of nine brothers. He spent his working life as a juggler, and tightrope walker, later slackrope walker – juggling on a wire. I had always been told, since my childhood, that he invented the tennis racket trick in the early thirties. . . ." read more and see video!!

Robyn's Blog:
Making, Mothering, Musing (https://robyncoburn.blogspot.com/)

Robyn makes dolls, has a website and an etsy store:

After Robyn's daughter was grown, Robyn wrote an extensively researched biography of her father-in-law, James Coburn.

Here is a brief but solid podcast interview from March 2022: “Dervish Dust: The Life and Words of James Coburn” Author Robyn L Coburn

Other Voices