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Home education, Natural Learning, Unschooling

You Don’t Need an Ideal World to Unschool: Why the Concerns of Progressives are Misplaced

  • 16/02/2015 15:16

There’s a frequent criticism of unschooling that comes from progressives, liberals, and even anarchists of various stripes, which is that, by removing children from schools, parents are hurting the schools themselves; lessening the quality of said schools (since they’re no longer involved in school improvement); and taking money away from where it’s most needed. I’ve always ...

Depression in Teachers Impacts Classroom Learning

  • 11/02/2015 15:45

Credit: iraua/Shutterstock.com Enlarge Elementary school teachers who have more symptoms of depression may have a negative influence on some students' academic performance, a new study suggests. In the small study, third-grade teachers who were struggling with symptoms of depression — such as poor appetite, restless sleep, crying spells and feeling like a failure — were generally less likely to create ...

Babies Understand Friendship, Bullies and Bystanders

  • 04/02/2015 20:29

Credit: Nina Vaclavova/Shutterstock.com Enlarge Babies who are just over a year old already comprehend complex social interactions — they understand what other people know and don't know, and expect them to behave accordingly, new research shows. In the new study, 13-month-olds who watched a puppet show in which one character witnessed another behaving badly expected the witness to ...

Boy Diagnosed With ‘Fear of Growing Up’

  • 04/02/2015 20:14

Credit: Zurijeta/Shutterstock.com Enlarge A 14-year-old boy in Mexico had such an intense fear of growing up that he took extreme steps to hide or curb his growth, such as restricting his food intake and distorting his voice, according to a new report of his case. The boy's phobia started when he was about 11 years old. He had ...

Manifesto 15: Triggering the Education Revolution

  • 24/01/2015 16:47

This manifesto, about the future of education, is gaining worldwide support. John Moravec is a world citizen, whose perspective on education is global and futuristic.  He’s founder of Education Futures LLC, author of a book calledKnowmad Society, and co-director of the Invisible Learning project. I’ve met him on three occasions: Once in Germany, when we worked together on ...

Everyone Knows How to Learn

  • 11/12/2014 15:50

People often talk about how their preferred educational method (be that traditional schooling, homeschooling, or unschooling) teaches children "how to learn." With unschooling, children learn how to learn, I've heard more than once. I appreciate the sentiment, but it doesn't really sit right with me. Mostly because it seems to be minimizing the natural drive humans have to ...

Unschoolers learn what they want, when they want

  • 22/10/2014 16:17

By Jacque Wilson, CNN (CNN) -- Six-year-old Karina Ricci doesn't ever have a typical day. She has no schedule to follow, no lessons to complete. She spends her time watching TV, doing arts and crafts or practicing the piano. She learned to spell by e-mailing with friends; she uses math concepts while cooking dinner. Everything she knows has been absorbed "organically," according ...

The Danger of Back to School

  • 21/10/2014 14:46

by Peter Gray Children’s Mental Health Crises Plummet in Summer and Rise in the School Year Imagine a job in which your work every day is micromanaged by your boss. You are told exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. You are required to stay in your seat until your boss ...

Children Need to Play Outdoors, but We’re Not Letting Them

  • 04/10/2014 11:11

Evidence shows children are getting less unsupervised time outdoors. Credit: Brian Yap (葉)/Flickr, CC BY-NC Earlier this year, an American mother was arrested for allowing her nine year old daughter to play unsupervised in a park while she finished her shift at work. Even though this story got a lot of press, it is not a standalone event. Recently, ...

7 Awesome Discoveries Made by Kids

  • 02/09/2014 19:27

Credit: Pavel L Photo and Video | Shutterstock.com Paleontologist, biologist, astronomer: These might sound like job titles for grown-ups, but adults aren't the only ones who fill these important roles.   Children — with their endless curiosity and tendency to wander off the beaten track— are also engaged in quite a bit of scientific research and exploration. ...