Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Catholic Unschooling

A Little Way of Homeschooling, a book by Suzie Andres, with stories of a dozen families, eight of whom are unschoolers.

The link above leads to an interview which is in itself very informative, and here is the link to the Amazon page with reviews and an image of the book (with "look inside" option): Amazon listing for A Little Way of Homeschooling [Paperback]

(Goofing around with the search, I see I'm mentioned in there three times. Wow.
And not a link to my site, which is what I expected might be in there. —Sandra)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blake Boles, on "The Unschooling Mindset"

Blake came to unschooling from an unusual angle, studying it in college, and fixating on John Taylor Gatto, who wasn't involved in unschooling, but Blake is bright and personable and deeply interested in the subject!

The Unschooling Mindset - Blake Boles from Blake Boles on Vimeo.

Blake's blog:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Crazy and sane, just sitting there.

The 6 Dumbest Things Schools Are Doing in the Name of Safety

My niece, Gina, who was unschooled and is now grown, sent this link. It's at, which is a humor site, but this article isn't very funny. There are links directly to news reports of new, surprisingly not-meant-to-be-funny, controlling and limiting rules in some real American schools and school districts. THIS is where unschoolers come from.

Brie Jontry, who is the unschooling mom of an artistic young daughter, sent this, and I'll keep the note in which it was delivered:
I just read a timely piece in the New York Times titled, "Our Plugged-In Summer." It was timely for two reasons: this post and the general on-going conversation among new-to-unschooling, and the not-so-new, about all the learning that happens as a result of ALL kinds of media and, I recently commented on another list that seeing kids as "plugged-in" isn't helpful for teasing apart concerns about TV and computers. After all, kids (and adults) aren't machines that need an external power supply.

Anyway, here's that article....
"instead of avoiding the Internet while we were on vacation, my family and I made good use of it, and it rewarded us in many ways"

......and, because I often hear Sandra's voice in my head, commenting on my thoughts, here's a link to her page on "Balancing in the Middle Ground"


Those who sent the links are involved with unschooling. Those who wrote the articles are not (as far as I know). —Sandra

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

CNN article on Unschooling and Sudbury schools

Unschoolers learn what they want, when they want

By Jacque Wilson, CNN
August 3, 2011

This is same-old article, and equates Sudbury school with unschooling. They have asked a professional who knows nothing about unschooling to comment, as usual.

This is wryly interesting:
Calls to the National Education Association for comment on unschooling were not returned.

(Thanks to Keith Dodd for sending the link.)