Tag Archives: unschooling

The Relationship Benefits of Unschooling – With Pam Laricchia [PODCAST #557]

I'm pleased to present one of our finest productions on the topic of unschooling. An important thread running through this conversation: the benefits of unschooling in terms of relationship with self, with family and with people in the community. Pam Laricchia is the creator of the blog livingjoyfully.ca - an amazing, well-organized resource for people exploring how to live and learn without school. She is also the author of several books on unschooling, including The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide. Pam began unschooling with her three children back in 2002 and she has continued her enthusiastic exploration through blogging, podcasting and presenting at conferences. PAM'S UNSCHOOLING BACKGROUND * Pam's new Book What is Unschooling? The mission of her site. * ...

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[PODCAST] #551: What It Means To Be Educated – Blake Boles (Part 2)

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Part Two of Two Today's show is intended as a resource for listeners looking to share the ideas of alternative education and self directed learning with their friends and family, or with anyone wants to learn more about these subjects. Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He runs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Blake and I discuss the path to more self directed learning 1. How to define the current school problem 2. Why Schooling is not the same as education 3. John Taylor Gatto's definition of real education 4. The attributes of an educated person 5. ...

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[PODCAST] #550: Unschool Adventures – Blake Boles (Part 1)

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Blake Boles works to create alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Part One of Two This show is an introduction to the life and work of Blake Boles, and the next show will be a discussion of this book The Art of Self-Directed Learning. Today Blake and I discuss his background as a successful high school and college student, and how his ideas and career path changed with the discovery of John Taylor Gatto. "It was Gatto who inspired me, at age 21, to leave my own path in the sciences to become a ...

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[PODCAST] #544: Peter Gray (Part Three) – A Future of Self-Directed Education

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Part Three of Three My marathon conversation with Peter Gray concludes with an exploration of Peter's vision for the future. It's a bold vision, but he describes the observations that led him to believe it will become a reality for more and more children and families in the coming years. The future is self-directed education. The Three Phases: 1. Discovery, learning about the world, the self and how the two fit together 2. Career Exploration, community/professional immersion, apprenticeship opportunities 3. Credentialing For Specialized Work, the Praxis idea of a better credential than the college degree Other Questions: -Does Peter have hope for government adoption of self-directed education? Publicly supported options? -How does education change? Considering the massive school bureaucracy. -Are ...

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[PODCAST] #543: Peter Gray (Part Two) – School’s Impact On Creativity and Critical Thinking

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Part Two of Three Continuing our conversation on self-directed education, Peter and I discuss creativity and critical thinking - two skills we agree are left underdeveloped (or even damaged) by public school and college. This track leads us into a more general conversation about current college problems, including the anti-intellectual and anti-critical thinking trends of the recent years. On critical thinking, Peter has referenced studies and surveys that reveal about 50% of employers are dissatisfied with entry-level, college graduate employees (PayScale Inc.) and that college does little to improve higher level thinking (Academically Adrift: Limited Learning On College Campuses - 2011). On creativity, Peter wrote a piece called As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity. Peter informs us ...

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[PODCAST] #542: Peter Gray (Part One) – Foundations of Self-Directed Education

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Part One of Three Dr. Peter Gray is a 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. Peter serves on the Organizing team for the Alliance For Self-Directed-Education. He also runs a blog on Psychology Today called Freedom to Learn, where he regularly explains and promotes self-directed education from a variety of angles. Today Peter and I discuss how he distinguishes school from education, how school is disruptive to our "educative instincts," and the biological foundations of self-directed education. In other words, children come into the world biologically designed to learn. These foundations include: - Curiosity: the ...

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[PODCAST] #539: School Is A Choice – A Conversation With A Real Public School Teacher

Special occasion! Brian Huskie is a public school teacher in New York. He joins me to discuss his discoveries about public school over ten years of teaching, his process of coming to terms with those discoveries, and the solutions he is working to develop. Brian founded a self-directed learning program called Huskie's Heros that we'll discuss in detail in this episode. His website is titled School Is A Choice. He is also the founder of the Albany High/Capital District Refugee Scholarship Endowment, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, and author of A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest ...

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[PODCAST] #536: Raising Adults – Why Two Knoxville Radio Hosts Chose Home-Education

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-SEVEN - NOV 20 - Knoxville, TN) Huge thanks to Keri for organizing (on very short notice) and participating in this event. Sherry and Daniel run the popular Speaking Freely talk show on WETR in Knoxville. They join me to discuss some of the lessons they learned in school and how they each applied those lessons to the home-education/unschooling of their own children. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show ...

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[PODCAST] #534: Cut Your Own Path (With Michael, Kristin and Elle)

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-TWO - NOV 15 - Outside Albuquerque, NM) Kristin and Michael are a young couple raising their eight-year-old daughter Elle in the enchanted land of New Mexico. The first three days of travel from Los Angeles were somewhat tiring and stressful, but when Nick and I arrived at their home my mood changed and I was quickly reminded of why I wanted to take this trip. After Elle gave us a tour of their spectacular backyard, Kristin and Michael told me their daughter "likes to make her own paths." View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #529: Brett and Tom Woods Discuss School Sucks Across America

Supplemental Show - This is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods show. From Tom.Woods.com Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project just returned from a 40-day cross-country trip, where he held meetings and events highlighting alternative approaches to education. He joins me today to discuss what he found. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education ...

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[PODCAST] #528: A Roundtable of Hot Topics! In Denver

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY EIGHTEEN - NOV 1 - DENVER, CO) Denver was one of the biggest gatherings of the tour, with many attendees who were unfamiliar School Sucks Project. After I introduced myself and my work, we got comfortable with each other pretty quickly and delved into a fast-paced group discussion covering a variety of interesting and controversial topics. Topics: Stef, Trump-Mania, tribalism, mining educational resources out of public schools and colleges, how DASH might provide educational solutions, the problems with the term "fake news," the emotional rewards of social justice (and libertarianism), intellectual smack-downs, the Tavistock Institute, victim narratives, physically unhealthy classroom environments, white savior complex, the anti-fragility of Bitcoin View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please ...

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[PODCAST] #527: How Our Three-Year-Old Helped Transform Our Political and Parenting Philosophies

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY SIXTEEN - OCT 30 - WICHITA, KS) Jerrod and Shawna join me at the end of a very eventful day in Kansas to discuss their evolution as parents/thinkers/doers, and how their first child provided a push in the right direction. We also talk about Shawna's public school teaching experience, how children reveal hypocrisy, the Love and Logic parenting method, dealing with doubts and fears about peaceful parenting and alternative education, and some of my new insights on school vs. education after sixteen days on tour. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At ...

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[PODCAST] #504: Unenclosed Children and Self-Directed Learning – With Kerry McDonald

Kerry McDonald holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University, where she studied education administration, planning, and social policy. She is a writer for Natural Mother Magazine, the Foundation for Economic Education, and Intellectual Takeout. She is a founding member of AlternativesToSchool.com, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her blog is Whole Family Learning. She joins me today to discuss - her professional/academic education background - how she learned about and embraced self-directed learning - her current online projects - how education works in her home (and beyond), for each of her 4 children - promoting self-directed education - Benefits of Self-Directed Learning - her article "Cultivating An Unenclosed Childhood" Please Support School Sucks ...

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[PODCAST] #473: Passion-Driven Education (With Connor Boyack)

Connor Boyack is a home-educating parent and the founder of the Libertas Institute. He joins me today to discuss his book Passion-Driven Education, which is definitely a nice companion piece for the School Sucks Podcast. Discussed: -Tell me your public school origin story... -school is a tool for social transformation -Structure, "assessment" and protection in the home-ed environment -Inquiry over information? -Mitra's Hole In the Wall; Minimally Invasive Education -"hackschooling" -a Star Wars story The Book: HERE Look Closer: Connor's Site - connorboyack.com/blog/ Passion-Driven Education - passiondriveneducation.com/ Libertas Institute - libertasutah.org/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at ...

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School Versus Education?

WOODS: Your podcast – what category is it in in iTunes? Do they have an education category? VEINOTTE: Oh, yeah. There’s actually quite a bit of competition in the education category, because anything that’s like foreign-language instruction or how-to, gets thrown into the education category. I will say, though, that we are the only show that is consistently hitting on schooling versus education and looking at school issues, and not so much delving into all the problems of school like zero tolerance. We did that in the early days of the show and it got pretty tiring. Now we’re spending most of our time talking about what real education is, but also frequently reminding people that schooling, government schooling, is ...

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[VIDEO] #414: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 4 – Doubt Everybody

Part 1 Part 2 February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #4: Doubt Everybody (Skepticism) Though it sounds rude, I suggest assuming that most people don’t know what they are talking about and do not understand the correct basics. That includes most “experts”, or instructors, in everything from the world of ideas, back to the martial arts, or even basic practical skills. See More Show Notes Here Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: 1A3oPBkXU156c3NKqWpNdGfTizc8JAgwKZ ...

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[PODCAST] #414: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 4 – Doubt Everybody

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #4: Doubt Everybody (Skepticism) Though it sounds rude, I suggest assuming that most people don’t know what they are talking about and do not understand the correct basics. That includes most “experts”, or instructors, in everything from the world of ideas, back to the martial arts, or even basic practical skills. See More Show Notes Here Full Video: Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: 1A3oPBkXU156c3NKqWpNdGfTizc8JAgwKZ Please Support ...

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[CHRISTMAS BONUS] #390: Dropping Out, Home Education, Pop-Culture & Role Models (Brett On Red Ice Radio)

This is hour two of my recent conversation with Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Radio. Our discussion includes my answers to the following questions: -Your view on dropping out of school. (Plenty of successful people have dropped out of school vs. those who end up in life long debt to get an “education” that in some cases won’t get you anywhere. This would be particularly true in America, I guess). Good idea to drop out, as soon as possible? - The issue of homeschooling (Your suggestions on how to successfully pull this off as a parent if you can’t afford hiring tutors. Do you have any tips? Also do you have any suggestions for those in countries where homeschooling is ...

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[PODCAST] #379d: John Bush – Peaceful Parenting, Productivity and Purpose (LibertyFest NYC)

Recorded at Liberty Fest 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Activist John Bush returns to update us on his family's journey. We discuss their new venture - Brave New Books - along with resilience, parenting challenges, confronting our own parents, how to get things done, and why to get things done. Look Closer: Brave New Books - http://www.bravenewbookstore.com/ Introducing the Un-coin-ventional Bitcoin Bus Tour! - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/introducing-the-uncoinventional-bitcoin-bus-tour John Bush on School Sucks (12-7-13) - http://schoolsucksproject.com/249-some-small-steps-toward-sovereign-living-with-john-bush/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #372: Real Learning vs. Getting Schooled – with Kevin Geary and Darrell Becker

From Kevin Gerary's site RebootYourKids.com: Brett Veinotte (School Sucks Project) and Darrell Becker (Voluntary Visions) join me for a special episode of the Powerful Parenting Podcast. It’s a discussion about the differences between schooling and education. It’s a long one, but I encourage you to find a way to listen, whether it’s blocking out a big chunk of time or listening in shorter segments and pausing until you have time to revisit it. You want what is best for your child. But the school system (and even homeschooling) leaves a lot to be desired. Listen in as I talk with Brett and Darrell about: - A cliff notes history of the public schooling model. - Can authentic education happen in ...

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[PODCAST] #351b: Twelve Arguments For Home Education (2 of 2)

Jeff Till (fivehundredyears.org) is a business owner, School Sucks listener, and home-educating parent. He recently added a well-researched, concise and easily sharable entry to his blog called "A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)." He joins me today to discuss the following arguments: 7. The argument against peer pressure Conformity training leads to students not wanting to be different and to gain the mass approval of others. This is peer pressure, and it can force kids into behaviors they don’t want and bring feelings of rejection, embarrassment and shame. Home education doesn’t teach conformity and lessens the effects of peer pressure because the groups of people they associate with are voluntary. 8. The argument for creating a diverse network ...

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[VIDEO] Why Home Education? – School Hurts Families

When kids go to school they are separated from their families for seven or eight hours per day, five days per week. Some kids go to a latchkey type program and might be gone for eleven hours per day! Most people know many families who need to race through every day, left with the scraps of time leftover from the school schedule, racing through a morning routine to get to school or the bus stop and having a brief night together of maybe just a few hours. These few hours might be filled with dinner, homework and getting ready for an early bedtime (so they can be sure to get up the next morning.) This leaves families with just the ...

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[VIDEO] Why Home Education? – Free Play and Real Trust

The argument for free play Free play is when children, without external restrictions or guidance, design their own activities and modes of play. It can be wonderful in developing independence, creativity, negotiating skills, interpersonal skills, and fun. School kids live under constant direction and surveillance. Their only opportunity for free play during school are the scraps of time given at recess (unsurprisingly, most kids favorite school-time activity). It seems to be a growing trend for parents to further shorten free play by signing their kids up for organized sports and activities after school and on the weekends, further putting them in another system where they wear uniforms and follow the instructions of an adult. Home education provides much more time ...

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[PODCAST] #351a: Twelve Arguments For Home Education (1 of 2)

Jeff Till (fivehundredyears.org) is a business owner, School Sucks listener, and home-educating parent. He recently added a well-researched, concise and easily sharable entry to his blog called "A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)." He joins me today to discuss the following arguments: 1. The argument for happiness and for empathy School makes many if not most kids unhappy. They don’t like most of their school work. They don’t like being told what to do every second of the day. They don’t like having to be part of cliques or getting bullied. They don’t like taking tests. They don’t like getting grades. They hate homework. Getting up early stinks. The bus sucks. So does the food. Sometimes parents hate ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION] Teaching Writing

Every child is different and you need to find your groove with each one, but I thought I would share with you how I have been teaching encouraging writing with my kids. My oldest was, of course, the first to learn to write. We started when she was around four and a half years old, mostly just teaching the alphabet, naming and showing her the letters. When she would draw she would add little letters here and there, or just scribble lines that were supposed to be words. At that time, we were doing a distance-education program so I felt pressure to “get” my daughter to learn and do things. I spent a lot of time convincing and coercing her ...

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