Patrick Farenga

Author and speaker about self-directed learning, homeschooling, and unschooling.

Patrick Farenga is a leading authority on homeschooling and self-directed learning whose many years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience has helped many parents and children learn in their own ways. Farenga worked closely with the late author and teacher John Holt, a founder of the modern homeschooling movement and the creator of unschooling. Farenga continues Holt’s work and published Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it stopped in 2001. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about learning without going to school, started by Holt in 1977. Farenga operates the website He is also a founding member of, and is on Twitter: @patfarenga