Alternative-Learning Org

Home education, Natural Learning, Unschooling

How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

  • 16/03/2015 10:22

Peter Gray has studied how learning happens without any academic requirements at a democratic school. The Boston College research professor also wrote about the long history and benefits of age-mixed, self-directed education in his book Free to Learn. Over the years, as he encountered more and more families who had adopted this approach at home (these so-called “unschoolers” ...

Why You Should Start Unschooling

  • 14/03/2015 17:06

I'm seeing a tag going around, proclaiming today to be National Start Homeschooling Day. In honour of that, I figured I'd share my top reasons to start unschooling. I understand that, for any number of reasons, unschooling just might not to be doable in your life. If that's the case, I hope you can still glean ...

Cognitive Benefits of Playing Video Games

  • 11/03/2015 11:06

Research shows that video-game play improves basic mental abilities. by Peter Gray  In two previous articles  (here and here), I summarized evidence countering the common fears about video games (that they are addictive and promote such maladies as social isolation, obesity, and violence).  I also pointed there to evidence that the games may help children develop logical, literary, executive, and even social skills.  Evidence ...

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 ...