Thursday, February 22, 2007

Laurie Chancey and Valerie Fitzenreiter

Podcast and links.

From their intro:

Valerie Fitzenreiter's daughter Laurie never spent a day of of her childhood in a traditional classroom. When she was pregnant with Laurie, Valerie read a book called "Summerhill," about a progressive school in England where students were given such a vast amount of freedom they weren't even obligated to go to class. It changed her philosophy on parenting forever.

If Laurie wanted to spend the entire day reading a book or playing computer games, Valerie allowed it.

I remember growing up feeling like I could try school if I wanted to. But I never remember wanting to.
- Laurie Chancey

Dick talks to Valerie and Laurie about life in an un-schooled household.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Unschooling Article in the Tennesean

FINALLY a reporter asked the "expert" whether she actually knew anything about unschooling AND published the fact that she did not.


And there's a companion article:


sparkly, expansive natural learning

There's an article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer about the writer's surprising and intense interest in Barbaro the racehorse.

As I read how this woman's interest in a horse propelled her to follow all sorts of paths the'd never have taken otherwise, I was reminded of unschooling.

Imagine if your whole life could be like this--pursuing whatever you're interested in. I think this article might explain unschooling better than all those others that have been in the news lately.

- Meg
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