Turning Points: 27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories, with contributions from writers such as Alfie Kohn, Carlo Ricci, Chris Mercogliano, Helen Hegener, Herbert Kohl, John Taylor Gatto, Mary Leue, Pat Montgomery, Riane Eisler, and many others, is a collection of stories about education from those who have dared to do things in different ways. The common theme behind all of the contributors’ stories is that mainstream schooling needs to be transformed—how we think about and implement education, learning, and teaching needs to change.
This book is about celebrating and understanding the diversity of possibilities in the hopes that people will be inspired to act. It’s about showing what can be done. By bringing together a wide range of alternative mainstream schoolers, homeschoolers/unschoolers/life learners, free and democratic schoolers, Montessori and Waldorf schoolers, we hope that we can learn from each other, and that you as readers will be inspired enough to join in, in whatever ways you feel will make the greatest difference within your context.