Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
In English and in German:
An article written for the German parenting magazine Unerzogen; appeared there in their fall 2013 issue, but I just learned of it recently.
Here it is in English with photos by Joyce Fetteroll (thank you, Joyce!)
and a PDF of the article in German as it was published last year:
Friday, February 14, 2014
Two new bits on True Tales of Kids Turning Down Sweets
Top two and Sylvia Woodman with a photo of Halloween candy, halfway down.
New, second item, "How does it balance out?"
A thread rescued after it was deleted by the original poster, but some of the comments were good.
The photo is a link.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Laurie Wolfum did a presentation in November, 2013, on how to handle friends and relatives' disagreements and questions. She has let me host the text of that talk.
Addiction, an argument by Joyce added, upper right:
Prejudices (very new; might have typos or bad links):
Sugar (started a while back, finished to add to the page on prejudice):
Friday, January 17, 2014
New page, with a collection of Just Add Light on being calm:
And here's an older page:
How subtle can language considerations really get!?
Perhaps the most obscure page on my site. (No, it's not really.)
Important message to anyone who opens that page, or any page ever in your life:
If while you're reading you think "That's WORTHLESS!" then close the page, because to you it is worthless.
IF, while reading, you think that it's cool, or interesting, or it had never occurred to you, or you wish it had been longer, click some of the links, or google something up.
Each passageway can be an adventure, or you can turn and do something different.
(Leaving Hebrew poetry behind and zipping ahead a few thousand years,
down at the genius bar, "refresh" and "restore" mean very different things.)
Other obscure pages that mean nothing to some people, and much more to others:
and a small-word problem (problems with "we"):
Monday, January 13, 2014
Etiquette, Manners, Courtesy (a new page, and a chat)
Barbie is better for children than a mother's negative assessment of her own looks, or a child's.
New writing up top, quoting mothers with long experience with mothers and daughters:
Karen James asked her son what, of everything in the grocery store, he would like her to bring home (just below the box):
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I am featured in one of the chapters of a new book,
Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education.
My part is an edited transcript of a radio interview in which the topics were strewing and spirituality. (Here is access to the original sound file, and the chapter will be a longer version of this: "Living Unschooling".)
Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education
January 2014—Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education edited by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko and Carlo Ricci.
We are pleased to announce that our reader is live.
Humans are natural learners. This collection of essays challenges much of mainstream beliefs about how people learn, encouraging the reader to consider deeply the need for learners to be trusted and listened to. Many of the authors in the book begin from a learner-centered, democratic perspective. Divided into three sections, the first part of the book deals with what constitutes a learner-centered approach to education. The second section addresses how some have implemented this approach. In the last section, learners who have lived learner-centred learning share narratives about their experiences.
“For those who want to restore natural learning—whether for themselves, their children, or all of society—this book is a great resource. We can all learn here from contributors who have helped to explain how natural learning works, from those who have helped to make such learning more possible in today’s world, and from those lucky individuals who grew up learning naturally.”
- Peter Gray, Research Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self- Reliant, and Better Students for Life.
“This book explores the roots of self-direction and offers a series of highly insightful and creative ways to help people be open, peaceful, natural learners. The roots of democratic living are fostered by what is said here. School administrators, teachers, parents, students, politicians and virtually all citizens will benefit from reading this. I most highly recommended this unusually fine and stimulating book.”
- Conrad Pritscher, Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University
Most of the pieces in this book are derived from interviews aired on the Radio Free School program that ran from 2002 to 2008 on 93.3 fm CFMU in Hamilton. It is divided into three sections:
1. What is unschooling/natural learning/self-determined learning;
2. What does it look like in practice, and;
3. The stories of those who unschooled and are now adults.
Contents Foreword i Introduction v Part 1 What is Self-Determined Learning and Unschooling? 1 Chapter 1 Schooling: A Highly Questionable Practice 2 John Taylor Gatto Chapter 2 You Don’t Have to go to Grow: 14 Growing Without Schooling Pat Farenga Chapter 3 An Education in the Age of Climate Change 31 Satish Kumar Chapter 4 A Learning System Fit for a Democracy 40 Roland Meighan Chapter 5 An Interview About a Sense of Self 50 Susannah Sheffer Chapter 6 Trust, Not Education 71 Aaron Falbel Chapter 7 A Conversation About the Magical Child 88 Joseph Chilton Pearce Chapter 8 Hold Onto Your Kids 99 Gordon Neufeld Chapter 9 The Price of Praise 105 Naomi Aldort Chapter 10 The Words We Use: 116 Living as if School Doesn’t Exist Wendy Priesnitz Part II Lights. Camera. Action! (This is How it Works). 121 Chapter 11 We Don’t Need No Education, We Don’t Need No Thought Control: Reflections on Achieving Musical Literacy and the Importance of Unschooling 122 John. L. Vitale. Chapter 12 What Does it Mean to be Educated? 138 John Taylor Gatto Chapter 13 Democratic Schools 149 Jerry Mintz Chapter 14 Aware and Alive 164 David Albert Chapter 15 From Albany to Now 173 Mary Leue Chapter 16 Guerrilla Learning 179 Grace Llewellyn Chapter 17 Getting Kids on the Streets 188 Matt Hern Chapter 18 Improving Unschooling through Strewing and Spirituality 199 Sandra Dodd Chapter 19 Learning Together by Starting an Educational Co-operative 215 Katharine Houk Chapter 20 The Everyday Lives of Black Canadian Homeschoolers 221 Monica Wells Kisura Chapter 21 The Praxis of SelfDesign as a New Paradigm for Learning 233 Brent Cameron Chapter 22 Home Education in Quebec 256 Christine Brabant Chapter 23 Learning From Within and From All That is Around Us 264 Seema Ahluwalia and Carl Boneshirt Part III They’ve Grown Up 285 Chapter 24 Life is a Field Trip and You don’t Need a Permission 286 Slip Dale Stephens Chapter 25 Pioneer Unschooler 292 Kate Cayley Chapter 26 Growing up Weird 300 Kate Fridkis Chapter 27 I Love my Life 305 Eli Gerzon Chapter 28 I’m Educated 314 Candra Kennedy Chapter 29 Redefining Success 324 Jessica Claire Barker Chapter 30 Unschooling Experience 329 Peter Kowalke Chapter 31 I’m Unschooled and Yes, I Can Write 336 Idzie Desmarais Chapter 32 The Subtle but Radical Frame of Being a Contributor Versus Being Successful 340 Sean Ritchey Chapter 33 More Time is More Freedom 348 Brenna McBroom Chapter 34 Motivation, Method, and Mastery: How I learned 352 Music Without Being Taught. Andrew Gilpin About the Editors 360
Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko is a free-lance writer and blogger. She blogs extensively at Natural Born Learners (radiofreeschool.blogspot.com) and has founded Personalized Education Hamilton to facilitate self-determined learning in her community. She works for a not-for-profit environmental organization as a project manager and coordinator. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband and three children who were all unschooled for a time.
Visit her website to see other writing at bekoko.ca.
Carlo Ricci is a professor of education and currently teaches in the Graduate Program at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University. He edits and founded the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. He has written and edited a number of books including The Willed Curriculum, Unschooling, and Self-Direction: What Do Love, Trust, Respect, Care, and Compassion Have to Do With Learning; and Turning points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories (AERO, 2010) with Jerry Mintz; and The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children (HoltGWS, 2013) with Patrick Farenga. He has also written numerous articles on unschooling and self-determined learning. He lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and two children.
Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko
905 529 7408
Dr. Carlo Ricci
(519) 752-1524 ext. 7510
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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Pam Sorooshian, ten years ago, refuting a bad characterization of unschooling:
Joanna Wilkinson is through with unschooling! (read the bottom first, if you want, when you're there)
Monday, December 23, 2013
An addition to "True tales of kids turning down sweets," the third one down.
New quote on "Gradual Change" (the second item)
Embracing and welcoming mystery to our unschooling lives:
Thursday, December 19, 2013
A new comment on the "Service" page, following a request in The Big Book of Unschooling.
Art added to the article "Morning." Some of you will recognize it from a magnet at your house.
This page will be only very rarely used, to link as a response when someone e-mails me a long problem. It says I don't do one-on-one help, and offers alternatives and links.
The image is a link.
Friday, December 13, 2013
New page: Read a little, try a little, wait a while, watch.
Added some "found quotes" to my notes from a talk I gave in 2012 at the HSC conference in Sacramento.
Two new translations to French at "Ajouter de la lumière et remuer":
The photo is a link.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
…and because the original page was full, something new by Pam Sorooshian on a new index page:
About Videogames—SERIOUSLY (new writing by Karen James, with links to books on learning)
photo by Karen James