Marilyn Rowe wrote this short, sharp book about why you should consider self-directed education for your children, and also provides an update about the changing scene for homeschooling in Quebec.Read More
There aren’t many homeschoolers and unschoolers who openly discuss mental illness in their lives but those who do, such as Mary Herrington, show us how people can successfully manage even these difficult lives . . .Read More
Fifty years ago John Holt woke the dreary world of educational theory by showing that for small children “learning is as natural as breathing.” His brilliant observations are as true today as they were then. Over a million copies were sold worldwide in the decades that followed. This new, 50th anniversary edition features a Foreword by teacher/author Deborah Meier, who praises Holt's influence on herself, in schools, and in homes.Read More
Holt's most political book, Freedom and Beyond is also a very practical and useful book for parents and anyone who works with children because it explores in detail many of the tensions caused by giving freedom. Partners who argue over the value of self-directed learning, who worry about discipline, and so on will find that Holt presents both sides of these tensions and notes they will never go away . . .Read More
From John Holt's reply to Dr. Jerome Bruner's letter to the NY Review of Books: "The proper business of the intellectual is to make complicated ideas more simple, not simple ideas more complicated; to make the real world more comprehensible, not less so." Read more about this sharp exchange . . .Read More
Twenty-two personal accounts about why and how fathers decide to embrace and support unschooling. Peaceful parenting and thoughtful support for their children's mental, spiritual, and physical development are some of the important themes that get explored by the men in this new collection.Read More
This new book surveys 75 former and current teenage homeschoolers about their feelings, thoughts, and experiences about not going to high school. The range of responses and the variety of educational experiences outside of conventional school that they describe will give heart to any parent wondering if homeschooling during the teen years is a smart move.Read More
"Insisting that both women and men must work in equally high paying and prestigious jobs to attain gender equality explicitly assumes that high paying jobs reflect the pinnacle of success and importance. We disagree. When mothers (and increasingly fathers) stay home—whether they earn a paycheck never, now, or in the future—they change the world for the better by raising and prioritizing children, cultivating family and community, and investing in the future . . ."Read More
Boles always moves from the theoretical to the practical in this book, and I enjoy how he doesn’t present learning as a series of boxes to check on a report card, but as an adventurous journey that shapes your life right now, not after graduation and you enter the “real world.”Read More
This collection of Gene Burkart's writing from his newspaper column and speeches is a moving and powerful testament to the need for people to create and sustain love and friendship in a world of over-reaching institutions that erode those values . . .Read More
Mary Leue writes about the new book, The Legacy of John Holt, and reminds us of the very touching tribute the Finn girls provided in GWS 49: "It is the best memorial tribute to John Holt I have ever heard, and never fails to move me to tears!"
Read excerpts from the soon-to-be published new book about the life and influence of John Holt: The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children.Read More
Susannah Sheffer, the longest-serving editor at Growing Without Schooling magazine, has just had a stunning collection of her poems published: This Kind of Knowing. Susannah's essays and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, and she is the author of four books, most recently Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys.
young person who feels they don’t have options other than going to college or
being a loser should read this book. Hacking
Your Education is a career guide and self-help book for people who don’t
have a college degree in the 21st century, but it can be useful for
older people with degrees who are seeking work or new careers, too . . .
Carlo Ricci, founder of the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning (JUAL), has written a wonderful personal account and analysis of unschooling with his book, The Willed Curriculum, Unschooling, and Self-Direction: What Do Love, Trust, Respect, Care, and Compassion Have To Do With Learning.Read More
A review of Peter Gray's new book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.