The premise of Unschooling Rules is that education should be centered around the student, not the providing institution. Curricula should be around what children need and love, not what schools are able to teach. Education "reforms" that ignore these facts will fail.
Specifically, the sole purpose of education is to enable every person to:
- Discover what skills he or she can do better than anyone else. (And master some need-to-have basics.)
- Discover what their deepest passions and beliefs are, including how to best serve.
- Engage in projects to test, expand, and refine these skills.
- Create a sustaining career that aligns skills, projects, and passions.
"Learning to Be" is essential for both understanding each person's unique skills, and also understanding one's passions and mission. Some "Learning to Be" questions are:
- About what are you passionate? How can the world be made a better place?
- What are your strengths? Where is your talent?
- What is your story? How would someone describe you?
- What makes you uncomfortable? Do you need to get better, or can you work around that?
- If you could spend your life doing anything, what would it be?
- Of whom are you jealous?
- What blogs do you read? Who do you follow?
- What is your greatest fear? What is your greatest frustration?
- What do you do to avoid doing what you are supposed to do?
- What gives you energy? What drains energy?
- With whom do you associate?
- What is your role in a group?
- What is your voice?
- Where are you generous?
- What is your brand?
In contrast, "Learning to Do" requires significant practice. Some "Learning to Do" questions are:
- Where do people come to you for help?
- What do you have/want the most experience doing?
- What tools are necessary for you to master? What tools do you use everyday?
- What do you want to deliver? What do you want to be paid for doing? Do you want to serve individuals or broad markets?
"Learning to Know" can highlight new places to either "Learn to Do" or "Learn to Be."