Radical unschooling advocate Dayna Martin to visit Scotland


International Freedom in Education Day (IFED) will be celebrated in Scotland next Tuesday (19 September) when Inverurie plays host to American unschooling advocate Dayna Martin who will speak on the subject of ‘Radical Unschooling and Peaceful Parenting’.

Organised by the Aberdeenshire Radical Unschooling Network, the event will take place at the Hopeville Social Club at 7.30pm and is open to all those interested in alternative education and parenting philosophies.

Group spokesperson Adam Brothers said:

“My own family has followed the attachment parenting path and we came across Dayna’s work in promoting peaceful parenting and radical unschooling through our local home education group.

“I was intrigued by her approach and was delighted when she accepted my invitation to speak to members of our network.”

Dayna Martin, who lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children, describes radical unschooling as “an evolution of our understanding about learning and the rights and respect of children”.

“We are taking back our freedom and putting happiness, connection and family first”, she says, and believes change is inevitable as more people look for alternatives to the traditional schooling model.

Home education has become increasingly popular in Scotland, with the latest figures revealing that the number of pupils being withdrawn from school has doubled over the past five years.

Families who choose to home educate do so for many different reasons and employ a variety of approaches, ranging from structured ‘school at home’ provision to autonomous learning or unschooling.

According to the Scottish Home Education Forum, which supports home educating families and those considering the option, many parents are turning to home-based learning to undo the damage done by schools and are often drawn to unschooling which they say is more respectful of children’s rights, needs and wishes.



(1) The Aberdeenshire Radical Unschooling Network Facebook page can be found here

(2) Dayna Martin’s website

(3) Events to celebrate International Freedom in Education Day (IFED) are held around the world on or around 15 September. In 2008, renowned American author and former New York school teacher of the year, John Taylor Gatto, was the keynote speaker at an IFED conference in Arbroath