Every 40 to 50 years, it seems, there is a surge of interest in alternative education ideas. Beginning with John Dewey in the 1880s, followed by another spike in interest in the 1920s, and then the radical education reformers of the 1960s, we might wonder: Is this just the next iteration of alternative education ideas? Will today's unschooling and Self-Directed Education momentum fade in a few years, and be rekindled again during the next 50-year cycle?
Four reasons lead me to believe the answer is no. The modern unschooling movement is here to stay, and to make a big impact on the broader educational landscape.