Unschooling isn’t a recipe, and therefore it can’t be explained in recipe terms.  It is impossible to give unschooling directions for people to follow so that it can be tried for a week or so to see if it works.  Unschooling isn’t a method, it is a way of looking at children and at life.  It is based on trust that parents and children will find the paths that work best for them — without depending on educational institutions, publishing companies, or experts to tell them what to do.

Earl Stevens, quoted in "The Unschooling Unmanual"