Near the end of the delightful collection “Cobbett’s Country Book” there is a section about the importance of rural sports. By this he mostly means hunting, especially with dogs. (Though he goes into detail about a game called “Singlestick” where two men beat each other with sticks until one draws blood on the head that runs down an inch.) Cobbett describes his reason for unschooling his kids, having determined they could and would learn on their own sheerly out of desire to know more about hunting and caring for the dogs and horses.
I found his description of unschooling his kids in the early 19th century to be quite amusing. This is before schools were as common as today but at a time when they were rapidly gaining prominence ad the progressive types of the day were becoming concerned about “public education.” Much of his argument remains as true today as it ever was.