The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning

The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning understands learner centered democratic education as individuals deciding their own curriculum, and participating in the governance of their school-if they are in one. Some examples of learner centered democratic possibilities are unschooling, Sudbury Valley, Fairhaven, the Albany Free School, and the Beach School in Toronto. In terms...
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From Anchorage to Nome

In the current issue of Home Education Magazine we feature an article titled “From Anchorage to Nome,” by homeschooling mom Lisa Amstutz, about the 1,150 mile dogsled race in Alaska. The article is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in learning more about this historic race, which starts this year on Saturday, March 3rd....
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Winter Homeschooling

The winter season has always been my favorite time of the year. I prefer the slower pace of life in winter, with wonderful smells from the kitchen, the sounds of children and dogs playing in the snow. I like the crisp clear days, the beauty of a freshly-fallen snow, the star-bright nights. But mostly...
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Doing Things My Own Way

There’s an interesting essay at the National Public Radio site, Doing Things My Own Way,”, by Bela Fleck. It’s part of their ongoing “This I Believe” series, and you can listen to the essay at the NPR site. Fleck writes in part, “Sometimes I wonder if my banjo playing would pass codes. I didn’t...
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Unschooling Blog Carnival

The Unschooling Blog Carnival, originated by Ron and Andrea, is being re-started by Joanne at An Unschooling Life, who wrote on our HEM-Unschooling list: “Would you be interested in participating in the unschooling blog carnival if it was started up again? For those of you that don’t know what it is…a blog carnival is...
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Life Without School

Life Without School Publications is a recently created on-line publication and blogging community (founded in January of this year?). The founders write: “We are real people living real lives without school. We share a common belief that life without school is a valid and valuable lifestyle choice. Life without school is about living life...
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The Unschoolers Project Network

The Unschoolers Project Network I received this note from a young unschooler in Wisconsin today: Hi, my name is Ethan and I have recently started a podcast, The Unschoolers Project Network. I have been doing it for a few weeks and mostly share my own projects I do as a 15 year old unschooler...
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Wild Child

Dallas Observer A tip o’ the hat to Daryl Cobranchi for alerting me to this wonderful article about an unschooled young man in Texas: About 6-foot-3 and lean, Quinn has a hairless but muscular chest revealed by a laced-up white linen shirt. (Which he made.) Around his neck is a leather strap with a...
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An Unschooler Takes on High School

An Unschooler Takes on High School From a friend’s new weblog: After homeschooling all her life, my daughter Stephanie (Stevie) decided to go to high school this year. How will a 14-year-old who has never attended a public school handle it the pressures of classes, schedules and the big S word, socialization? I don’t...
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Salon.com Life | Endless summer Unschooling is the topic of a feature article at this morning’s online magazine, Salon. “Endless Summer,” by editorial fellow Sarah Karnasiewicz, starts out with this definition: “Unschooling is a radical branch of home-schooling where kids control what and when they learn — free of teachers, schedules and tests. Unschoolers...
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