Do you need parenting advice on how to inspire your child to love learning? Whether you homeschool, or send your kids to public or private school, this is essential listening for your situation.
Why? Because schooling has become a disaster. Your child's interests and uniqueness are disregarded, and structured curriculum and standards like Common Core place them on a conveyor belt that treats all children the same. This system crushes a child's curiosity. Your child deserves better!
There is a better way: one that ensures your child sees learning as a joy and provides you, the parent, with a much less stressful way to educate and empower your son or daughter. In this book, Connor Boyack shares the exciting philosophy and empowering day-to-day steps involved in passion-driven education.
A child's curiosity and natural desire to learn are like a tiny flame, easily extinguished unless it's protected and given fuel. This book will help you as a parent both protect that flame of curiosity, and supply it with the fuel necessary to make it burn bright throughout your child's life. Let's ignite our children's natural love of learning!
©2016 Connor Boyack (P)2016 Connor Boyack
I love the premise of the book. I agree that leveraging a child's passion to find a common jump off point for learning all other material is a powerful way to teach. The only problem is that the actual proposal and implementation of Passion-driven Education takes up just over a chapter. All the rest of the material is trying to convince me that the current system is ineffective and detrimental to true learning.
If I were reading this with the intent of changing my mind about the current education model, this would have been extremely powerful. I was already convinced.
And I really admire Connor for going all out and narrating this after he authored it but there was a noticeable difference between Connor's voice and a professional narrator. Still, he's very concise in his reading and uses a good, steady tempo that allowed me to listen at a faster speed setting.
I would recommend this book to anyone who already believes in homeschooling or the need for alternate educational options. I might worry that the style of presentation would make someone who disagrees with some of the ideas in the book feel defensive.
I think he has done a good job compiling information and putting it together in a concise way so you can get a lot of it quickly.
If I knew I agreed with the authors ideas I would love to read another of his books. He is able to synthesize a to of research into easy to read short books but I don't know if he is as persuasive as he is passionate and certain of the correctness of his ideas.
Yes there are some things I will be researching now and a few ideas of mine have been changed.
As the father of two young children who is very interested in providing a better life experience for them, this book serves as both an inspiration and a resource. It is helping me ask the questions about what really matters is their character, personality, and academic development. It also introduces many options and alternatives to traditional school.
I'm sure I feel similarly infuriated yet completely inspired and much more capable after having read this as others might, too.
The information in this book left no stone unturned and any lingering question I had as I listened was addressed, answered, and then some. I'm so grateful to have this in my proverbial arsenal and I am already eagerly sharing it with the people I love and care about... And implementing much as well. So so good.
I wish I had this book twelve years ago.
Twelve years ago, my wife and I were expecting our first daughter. Around that time (not coincidentally), I was awakening to the stark realization that babies become children, and children, at least in our society, attend school.
Having parted ways semi-amicably with my high school at the age of 16, and having developed a fairly healthy dislike for the authoritarianism the system dished up in my formative years, I was eager to consider any alternatives to putting my kids in one of these — forgive the frankness — socialist training centers.
My big concern with socialized mass-market babysitters (read: compulsory "public" schools) was never based on the common complaints: I'm not terribly worried that my children will be presented with false information, mature themes, or outright propaganda. My job as a parent will always be to prepare my child to live in a world where their greatest happiness and safety comes from their ability to use reason and logic to analyze anything life throws their way. Knowing they'll be presented with alternate ideas doesn't scare me. On the other hand, enabling them to be unduly influenced by a system which coerces them to follow blindly, obey "authority" unquestioningly, and perpetually abandon their own curiosity — this terrifies me greatly.
When I attended public school, I faced a constant push to leave my curiosity at the door. This very nearly broke me. It made me doubt my own worth, and gave me pause any time I was prompted — quietly and subtly, as is always the case — to hear my own inner voice over the screams of teachers, peers, and ill-functioning curricula and systems. I accepted the belief that I was literally worthless until I escaped the conformity camp I called school, and I loathed the thought of putting my children through a single day of that.
So I started researching the alternatives. Homeschooling. Charter schools. Sudbury Valley School. Montessori. Unschooling. TJED. There were a number of decent, even incredible "alternatives", and plenty more anecdotes of freedom for natural learning. As my children began to approach the common school age, I encountered even more ideas that radically reinforced my own perception that humans are naturally, inherently good at learning. I found proof that I, as a parent, must put more effort toward getting out of my children's way (rather than forcing a specific path) if I wanted them to develop to their fullest potential.
Learning is innate; it's natural. If we but allow it to happen, it does happen—and gloriously well. It took a fair amount of resolve to get my wife to trust me and my proposed experiment, but after showing her an article I had read by Dr. Peter Gray Ph.D. titled Children Teach Themselves to Read, she eventually agreed to let the learning take its natural course in the lives of our children.
Even I was shocked by the results. My oldest daughter, now 11, reads exceptionally well. She and her younger siblings have developed incredible confidence and passion for learning a wide range of subjects and developing a number of skills. We're in the middle of our own experiment, but I'm much less anxious now than I was 10 (or even 5) years ago.
At our current stage in life, the reading of Passion-Driven Education is more of an affirmation that this system works, and a reminder of all the hidden truths we've discovered through years of intensive search and study. That said, Connor has opened even my mind to some key insights into how I can improve my own approach in inspiring my children to keep the spark of learning alive throughout their lives.
So why do I wish I had read this book over a decade ago? It's simple: the things I knew deep inside, the truths I intuitively sensed, these too risked being drowned out by the screams and shouts of society. It often seemed that our closest family, friends, and neighbors all made it their life's mission to convince us that public school was an imperative we had to obey if we wanted to ensure the well-being of our children. Evidence abounds, of course, proving that the opposite was true, but since this body of evidence doesn't comprise the majority of society's data, it is therefore dismissed as irrelevant or even ignored as non-existent. I'll repeat: it was mere ignorance that drove those naysayers to claim that anything other than public schooling would lead to ignorant children, maladapted adults, and wart-faced buffoonery which, they claimed, public-schoolers are somehow magically immune from (a quick trip to any public schoolyard proves this last point laughably untrue). Nonetheless, it is difficult to maintain one's resolve in the face of opposition, especially when it is coming from those you respect, love, admire, and appreciate most in your life.
But one simple truth kept us resolved in the face of all this criticism: these people were all the product of public schools. They weren't speaking from experience. They were speaking from fear and uncertainty. And that's not a position of authority. Of that much I was certain.
Had I read this book at that time of deep searching, it wouldn't have removed the opposition we faced. But I have no doubt in my mind that it would have armed us with the information, the guidance, and the vision that has taken us over a decade to develop for ourselves. And THAT would have allowed us to respond more authoritatively to those questioning our sanity, our intentions, or even our unmeasurable love for our own children.
I'm glad we searched for a path that would give them what we discovered only after we detoxed from a compulsory model: namely the realization that self-directed learning is not (and should never been seen as) a punishment. On the contrary — learning is exhilarating. And I'm glad that you've found the book that will help speed your discovery of those same principles. Because the thrill of learning for the love of learning is a joy unmatched by anything else I have known.
Mr. Boyack has offered you a map to a new world where you directly control your fate. I sincerely hope you recognize the value that lies within.
I have been interested in educational alternatives to public schooling for my children for a few years now, so the concepts advocated by the author are not new to me.
With that said, I highly recommend this book as a densely packed resource for anyone looking to learn more about homeschooling or unschooling. Concerned parents should not just be running from public schools but should first understand the correct principles underpinning healthier (for parents AND children) educational methods in order to increase their chances of success.
Connor Boyack provides a thorough exploration of the subject without delving too deep into the weeds. He provides context, examples, and real-life stories. The result is an efficient and worthwhile primer that should prepare and encourage parents to make the leap into unfamiliar territory with the promise of better educational outcomes, stronger familial relationships, and greater confidence and happiness for all involved.
As for the recording itself, there were a few clipped sentences scattered throughout the narration. Overall, though, the narrator is clear and kept my attention well.
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