the Unschooling Discussion list(s)

In 1999 the discussion started on Yahoogroups.
In 2006 Joyce moved it to googlegroups.
In 2019, yahoogroups decided not to maintain archives. Vlad Gurdiga volunteered to rescue our writing:

Older Archives, from yahoo (at

Google Archives

The UnschoolingDiscussion list was jointly owned by Joyce Fetteroll, Pam Sorooshian, and Sandra Dodd. Below is information about what we were doing, why and how, and a great deal of feedback.

Posting Policies and purpose FAQ Descriptions of the list How the discussion can help you Beliefs, and when they matter


"I have been reading the list and really appreciate that participants give a heartfelt response and not something wishy washy.....There are few places in my world that welcome this."
"Thanks for your wise words and advice.... I'm amazed...
This list...inspire[s] me to be a better mother every day.... Thank you, LIST!"
"...things that you have said to me at times have really been helpful to me—although not always seeming to be so in the first place..."
"... it has really expanded my world in such a good way."
"I find myself googling things more and wanting to know more about EVERYTHING!"
"...I realize that you are "REAL' and tell it like it is and you get a person to really think!"
I have really found this list to be eye-opening and inspiring.

Expansions of these next several quotes, and more.

commentary on unschooling discussions from 1999 to 2006 or so

Even though the discussion is now defunct, you can read lots of the archives at the links above.

Another group with many of the same participants is now at Always Learning. The admins and moderators for that group were the same people, but in reverse order: Sandra Dodd, Pam Sorooshian, and Joyce Fetteroll.