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Transcript of Unschooling
Free online courses: at Stanford, MIT,
Homeschool/unschool university entrance:
http://www.blakeboles.com/network/ grown unschoolers net work
Uncollege: Hacking your own education
Share the knowledge
How can you learn if you don’t go to school?
How will you get a job?
You’ll end up a bum on the streets.
What about socialization?
Do you have friends?
Don’t you have to be well-off to afford to unschool?
Can you get into university?
What about well roundedness?
Are you insane?
Ray (2005) estimates that 50,000 to 95,000 students were being homeschooled in Canada during the 2000-2001 school year; 13,000 to 50,000 in England and Wales; 35,000 to 55,000 in Australia; and 1.7 to 2.1 million in the United States during the 2002-2003 school year (p. 7).
“While home-school organizations claim 80,000 children are now opting out of conventional classrooms, there were only about 18,000 on the radar with school officials across the country in 2005-2006.
That same year the Home School Legal Defense Association of Canada pegged the number at between 30,000 and 40,000. The low numbers that are connected to government records are likely a result of homeschoolers not being required to report that they are homeschooling in Ontario.
Home education: the numbers
Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning
Life Learning Magazine
Collectives and Cooperatives
Clubs and Circles
Crowd accelerated Innovation (‘cycles of improvement’ driven by people watching web videos TED- Chris Anderson)
Don’t go it alone: cccccccc
“The age specific, teacher-related process requiring full time attendance at an obligatory curriculum.” Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society.
Interest- driven, passion led learning
Other names to describe Unschooling
My book!! Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education.
Llewellyn Grace, The Teenage Liberation Handbook;How to quit school and get a real life
Gatto, John Taylor, Dumbing Us Down: The hidden Curriculum of compulsory schooling.
Holt, John,How Children Learn. Learning All the Time. Instead of Education. How Children Fail
Illich Ivan, Deschooling Society
Hern Matt, Deschooling our Lives
Hern Matt, Field Day: Getting Society Out of School
Susannah Sheffer, A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls
Priesnitz Wendy, The homeschooling Handbook.
Life Learning Magazine
Epstein Robert, The Case Against Adolescence;
Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen
Educate yourself with these books
Open source learning “allows everything under the sun as a possible starting point on the road to self mastery.“ John Taylor Gatto
"Nobody can give you and education. Education must be taken by those who want one. The will and dogged persistence of the seeker are the only essential tools needed to become educated. Teachers, text, money play only minor roles and papers, pencils, tests play no role at all."(Gatto).
A fire to kindle- not an empty pitch to fill!
"Next to the right to life itself, the most fundamental of all human rights is the right to control our own minds and thoughts. That means the right to decide for ourselves how we will explore the world around us, think about our own and other persons’ experiences, and find and make the meaning of our own lives.”
John Holt, American educator and author.
John Holt called it!
Swimming: what fish do.
Learning: what we do.
Doing what comes naturally
It starts here: Learner in the driver’s seat.
“I follow my nose.”Parents facilitate learning.
"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child." George Bernard Shaw
Natural Born Learners on facebook and twitter.