Of course, unschoolers are already revolutionizing education. Whether the majority likes it or not, change is happening. Anyone with ears to hear and eyes to see can tell this. In fact, it should be that if you are not self directing your learning, you will be considered rather...deficient;- a little bit backward, if I may.
John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas speak of the world being "in flux,"and what learning for a world of constant change requires:
"Although learning about and learning to be worked well in a relatively stable world, in a world of constant flux, we need to embrace a theory of learning to become. Where most theories of learning see becoming as a transitional state toward becoming something, we want to suggest that the 21st century requires us to think of learning as a practice of becoming over and over again."
So what do kids need? Take my daughter who is in grade 10 high school and is taking a media arts course. Between thirty students they have a grand total of five cameras. And this high school is considered a 'good' school.
I say that what kids need is access to resources: equipment, tools and of course people. We need to unlock the community's resources and put those who have the knowledge and skills in direct contact with those who don't.
In our community of Hamilton this is already happening. We have a tools lending library that has started up, we have a freeskool that offers classes that range from gardening and welding to Spanish and knitting. There is a neat place called Think Haus which is a shared work space / social space and collective all about hacking, crafting, DIY and doing awesome stuff and where last week my daughter learned how to pick a lock and next week will learn how to build a robot.
We need more of these places and opportunities. Why not start something in your own community? It could be something as simple as offering to share a skill with other people. It's exciting to think of what sorts of partnerships will emerge.