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Let the children Play. Joseph Chilton Pearce.
A child will pick up a spool of thread, and that will become an automobile, or a match box will become a bed, or a chest of drawers: where one object can stand for another. That’s the basis of metaphoric thinking for the rest of our lives.   Joseph Chilton ...

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Guerrilla Learning
Grace Llewellyn I would love to see us as a society not thinking so much in terms of “education,” but rather thinking more broadly in terms of “life.” We tend to see things in boxes and categories, which doesn’t always serve us. When people say “education,”...

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More Time is More Freedom
Here is an excerpt from Brenna McBroom's chapter in Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education. Brenna McBroom is a long-time unschooler from Asheville, North Carolina. She currently works as a potter making functional and decorative cryst...

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Kate Fridkis: Growing Up Weird
Kate Fridkis works as a lay clergy member at a synagogue and writes a blog called Eat the Damn Cake, which is syndicated on The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She also writes a column for Home Education Magazine. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan...

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Pat Farenga: You don't have to go to grow: Growing without schooling
Here's an excerpt of Pat Farenga's chapter in Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education. The chapter is called You Don't Have to Go to Grow: Growing without Schooling. One of the things that has been really interesting, and gratifying to ...

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Schooling: A Highly Questionable Practice.
On March 9, 2003, the admissions officer at Harvard, Marilyn McGrath, on the front page of the New York Times, told readers Harvard only accepts students who show evidence of distinction. Many people skipped that article because they assumed they already kn...

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Unschooled violinist, Madeleine Kay plays Chelsea Hotel
Madeleine Kay (17) was unschooled up until grade 6. Listen to her rendition of Leonard Cohen's Chelsea Hotel, arranged and played by her.

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How talking to your child can improve development
A mother sits folding laundry, her baby in the high chair beside her. “Here are mummy’s striped pajamas. They're red and blue and warm and fuzzy,” she says in a singsong voice. The baby gurgles at his mother, responds enthusiastically by waving his arms and...

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The Kids are all right:
Disengaged? Hardly. Today’s youth just might be the saviours of us all Thank you for feeding us years of lies. Thank you for the wars you left us to fight. Thank you for the world you ruined overnight. But we'll be fine; yeah we'll be fine. MKTO Lyrics Babi...

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Anti-Racism Education
Poo face.” “Dirty skin.” “Black chicken.” It begins early. When her daughter was in Junior Kindergarten, Stoney Creek, Ont., mom Christabel Pinto says she would come home from school every day in tears. The kids were calling her names; they wouldn't play wi...
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