Growing Without Schooling (GWS) was a homeschooling newsletter focused primarily on unschooling . It was founded in 1977 by educator John Holt , and was published in Boston , Massachusetts . Reportedly the first such publication in the United States , it was read worldwide, and helped to catalyze the early growth and development of the homeschooling movement. Following Holt's death in 1985, his assistants, Susannah Sheffer and Patrick Farenga , took over as editor and publisher respectively. Publication ceased in 2001 after 143 issues.
One of the first documentaries about homeschooling, Grown Without Schooling , was named in homage to the magazine and profiled several of the grown homeschoolers who had written for it. Its producer, Peter Kowalke , also wrote occasionally for the magazine.