No, unschooling is not anti-education.
Education with a capital “E” is used synonymously with schooling.
Not just schooling, but forced compulsory schooling.
Schooling without choice.
As unschoolers it can be difficult to divorce ourselves from the idea of “Education”, since most of us were brought up in the capital “E” system. Not to mention the constant chatter about getting a “good Education”. Not to mention the looks we get, the raised eyebrows and the frowns when we admit that we don’t buy into the traditional idea of “Education”.
But seriously, try not to think about it.
Try to forget “Education” as a neat linear progression of separate subjects.
That might be “Education” but it’s not education.
What unschoolers are all about is the lower case education; the kind that comes through curiosity and living and tangents.
Unschoolers are about knowledge and learning without respect to age or grade level.
Oh, it is messy and unorganized and anything but linear.
It manifests in ways that seem disconnected and random, but that create a vast web of interconnected knowledge. Unquantifiable in many cases. Unique for each and every person.
Sometimes it leads to college and immersion in academics; the difference being that it comes solely out of a true desire to be there, and not because it is an expected part of being “Educated”.
Sometimes college is not part of a person’s education because there is no need.
True education has many paths.
So, “Education”? It’s just a label, like so many other things associated with forced schooling.
Try not to think about it.