About Us

I am Pam Sorooshian – mom to three wonderful daughters, Roya -28, Roxana – 25, and Rosie – 22, and wife to my fantastic husband, Cyrus!

I’m an unschooling advocate, college economics teacher, and theater box office manager. I listen to a lot of audible books, drink a lot of (decaf) coffee, and love to play games.

We love living in Southern California – between the ocean and the mountains and the desert.

I write a lot on the unschooling list, AlwaysLearning@yahoogroups.com, and a little on others (UnschoolingBasics@yahoogroups.com) and (AlwaysUnschooled@yahoogroups.com).

I’ve spoken about unschooling at conferences in South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, and California (and, upcoming, Massachusetts).


I’m Roxana Sorooshian, the middle daughter (25 and still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up). I’m the one doing most of the layout and editing side of this blog. I’m a Theatre Arts graduate student in San Francisco, I enjoy watching/performing in/directing/thinking about musical theatre, rereading Austen and Nabokov and Eliot, over-analyzing fantasy novels & TV sitcoms, tap dancing, wearing vintage hats, thinking about what life was like for British naval officers during the Napoleonic Wars, and reading – but rarely cooking from – vegan recipes. I also like making blogs which is why I have too many, but my main two are Pea Coat & Pixie Cut, and Upstaged (a theatre news, review, & humor site).


Rose (22) is the youngest. She teaches martial arts (with a black belt in kyin kung fu), is a frequent speaker or panelist at homeschooling conferences, and is now in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies, with the goal of becoming an American Sign Language interpreter. She’s also into feminism, television, and National Novel Writing Month. Like Roxana, she has way too many blogs. It’s a family failing.


Roya Dedeaux (28) is the oldest daughter and no longer a Sorooshian, which really does make comprehensive group nouns a problem. Roya got her B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies and Master’s degree in Counseling, and is now a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She specializes in therapy for homeschoolers, and in art-based therapy practices. And is totally available in person as a therapist, or to do homeschooling coaching by email. Additionally, Roya lives with her husband the park ranger and their massive dog in a former nature center, where she knits & crochets obsessively while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Mar 08, 2010 @ 02:10:40

    Hi Pam,

    I’m on Always Learning and a daily reader. I have been snipping out so many quotes from you lately for later reading, you’re always such a great writer but you seem to have been especially inspired in the last couple of days :). I’m very excited you have a blog!

    You asked for topic ideas? I have lots but the one i would really love is a piece written about what to say to grandparents (or other close family).
    What is unschooling? and what can grandparents do? I want to say – Just play with your grandkids, just be with them and have fun. Is there more to it than that? They want to be involved and are loving people who my kids adore. They are going to be interested in our approach and i am wondering how best to sum it up to them and give them some ideas on how to contribute to our lifestyle (which they will want to). They were very supportive when i said we are going to homeschool. I think family support is such a plus, it would be nice to give them some ideas on what would be really helpful.
    I wrote a similar piece on attachment parenting several years ago. I included ideas for helpful things they could give if they wanted to give a gift (new baby stuff), what support would be the most helpful, what sort of philosophy their adult children were embracing etc.

    I think there are many people out there looking for things to give to close family to help them understand. As parents we are willing to put in countless hours researching and developing our knowledge in these areas so can read alot of information happily, but other family members may not have the same investment. What can we give them to read to help us explain to them? Guess thats what im thinking of

    Does this inspire?


  2. Dawn
    May 13, 2010 @ 05:37:48

    Hey Pam,

    Don’t know if you remember me or not but we talked for a while at L&L a couple of years back when you spoke a couple of times and gave the closing speech. If you’re looking for topics I would love to hear you write about what happens to unschoolers when they become adults – going to college, working, “supporting” themselves and successfulness. My husband has concerns that raising our children in a radical unschooling life will be detrimental for them later in life, that they won’t know how to function in the “real world.” He doesn’t really know any grown unschoolers and is concerned for our children.



  3. Rynalee
    May 13, 2010 @ 17:17:55

    This is probably one of the very best, most reassuring blogs I’ve ever read about radical unschooling, especially because your kids are grown up, so you’ve obviously walked the talk!


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