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A Math Story

Before I launch into my next post series, I wanted to share a quick story. I was at the park the other day with a friend who is not an unschooler. But her youngest son is 4, so for all intents and purposes, he’s unschooled (by happy chance of his age). He came over to […]

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What kinds of adults do we want to create?

I am planning a new blog-post series addressing the end result of all of our hard work: What characteristics do we want to see in our kids once they reach adulthood? What is the endgame? So, I would like your help. What is your answer to this question? What type of people do you want […]

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Consequences or Punishment?

I have recently engaged in a Facebook conversation about punishment and consequences. I personally prefer to eschew the use of either word because, generally, the second is just a euphemism for the first. If we call it a “consequence” we don’t feel as bad as if we call it by it’s real name. What’s curious […]

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How can we be sure?

I’ve finally reached the last in my series of blogs addressing a reader’s questions. The other posts can be found here, here, here, here, and here.  This post covers two questions, mainly because one of them has already been answered in a previous post. 6) Many of the blogs/ articles I’ve read about unschooling demonize […]

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The Great Fear: Television

Whoah, how is it mid-May already? Well, back to that post series I am writing based on questions from a reader. Next, Zoemaster asks: 5) What if your child just wants to watch tv? This is not a new concern, nor is it one that has been unanswered. Almost every unschooling blog has addressed the […]

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Rules above Dignity

I’m taking a break from my posting series to talk about a really disturbing story I read the other day. Unfortunately, it’s not the first of its kind, nor will it be the last as long as our educational system has its priorities upside down. The story, which you can read here, is about a […]

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Can kids go to school AND follow their interests?

Thanks for sticking with me on my prolonged post series answering questions from a reader: Zoemaster. Sorry it’s taking me a little longer to get through them than I intended. I’m also in the process of starting a new school, so blog writing is often lower on my list of priorities. If you want to […]

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Are Public Schools REALLY that bad?

I’m on the third of a continuing series answering a list of questions from a reader. You can also read my first and second posts. 3) Are public schools that damaging, horrific and why? Oh boy. Are you trying to get me in trouble? First, the politically correct, not as offensive answer: traditional schooling does […]

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Meeting the Need to Learn

This is the second in my series answering questions from a reader. The first post is here. 2) If in fact, the child does decide that s/he would like to study physics, I’d venture to guess that the majority of unschooling parents don’t know enough about physics to do it justice. I know I certainly […]

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How do you know what you don’t know?

Recently, a reader commented on a post with a long list of questions. The questions seem to be coming from a curious outsider; a schooled person who doesn’t quite see what all these unschoolers are complaining about. So, instead of answering the questions with another comment, I decided to start a series of blog posts to answer […]

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