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As schooling becomes increasingly standardized and test driven, occupying more of childhood than ever before, parents and educators are questioning the role of schooling in society. Many are now exploring and creating alternatives.

In a compelling narrative that introduces historical and contemporary research on self-directed education, Unschooled also spotlights how a diverse group of individuals and organizations are evolving an old schooling model of education. These innovators challenge the myth that children need to be taught in order to learn. They are parents who saw firsthand how schooling can dull children’s natural curiosity and exuberance, and others who decided early on to enable their children to learn without school. Educators who left public school classrooms discuss launching self-directed learning centers to allow young people’s innate learning instincts to flourish, and entrepreneurs explore their disillusionment with the teach-and-test approach of traditional schooling.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Not for parents

Perhaps I bought a wrong book...

I was looking for some ideas for how to raise and educate my kids. 1hr 20 min into listening, no sight of that. Skipped to part 5, another 20 minutes: same.

To the author: you tell us that schools switch off our minds with their methods, but this is exactly how you are presenting your material: for the first 1 hour you are hammering a single idea into the reader's head: "schools are bad" (OK, I get it, but give me something useful). I am not convinced you are qualified to "un-school" anybody: if you were, your book would sound different. As kids would say (pun intended): "Your voice is rough; you are the wolf!" A boring book for "educators".

I have never returned an audible book before, not even the ones I didn't like or considered waste of my time. This is the first one I returned.

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Great book

So vindicating! I see the benefits of unschooling in my daily life, but, like everyone who takes their children's education seriously, I sometimes question the decision. How valuable to have data and references, ideas, and examples of success stories further down this road we've just begun. This is an excellent resource, I will reference it often.

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Essential info about how children learn

This has everything one needs to know about natural learning, unschooling, and self directed education. It’s a good book to recommend to others who are interested in this topic.

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YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS!!!

As a long time homeschool/unschool mom, I thought I new everything there was to know about this world. But, the world is always changing and as more people catch on and join this movement the more valuable information and resources will become available. I loved every word of this book, but I especially loved the numerous references to books and articles related to the subject. I have a whole list of references to check out.

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amazing resource

has lots of resources in around chapters 8-10 (also before here and there). loads of great info. unschool > any other school!

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The first half is great!

I loved the first half of the book and then it started to feel a little like a promo for different camps and groups that didn’t apply to me.

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Phenomenal

Articulate and impactful. To the heart of the matter. A gift to encounter this book.

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Great info

Easy to digest information. Audio quality was glitchy. Had to listen to it at a faster speed.

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informative

This book was very informative and gives a different perspective on an alternative homeschooling method.

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must read if you want to raise life long learners!

great info, easy read/listen... all kids would benefit from these programs. I love how the ideas work with current system, but doesn't require forced participation. freedom with license

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  • 09-23-21

Probably awesome for Americans

While the book offered good general info on unschooling, it wasn't anything you couldn't get from other books that are solely dedicated to the philosophy itself. It seemed that many chapters were dedicated to stories about people/organisations/centres that offer up unschooling services/communities/buildings in America. This would be excellent for those in the USA because you could look up the MANY many places and key people the author mentions, however for someone outside of the USA it's a lot of the same info on things available to those who live there. Again, I still got some good info, it just wasn't what I was expecting I guess, which was a lot more info on unschooling itself and the philosophy and less testimonials from people who started child-led learning centres. This is the first book I've ever returned to audible for a refund to pick something more suitable. Again, If you are in the USA, definitely worth the listen. But if you're in Aus like me, skip it and find a better option on the topic such as something from John Holt

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  • Bessue
  • 08-16-21

Eye opening

I loved this book. I especially loved hearing about examples of the families and schools. It’s very thorough and takes on all the difficult aspects of unschooling.

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  • Amy D
  • 01-19-20

Every teacher in training should read this

This book is so much more insightful than any education textbook assigned to me during my Education degree. It is well researched, adjective and inspires hope for the future of education. It discusses the history of the modern school system, the impact of set curriculums, the risks of educational labels, innovative community programs from the library to the playground and the potential of unschooling and self-directed learning centres to support childrens' learning in the real world.