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A Survey of Grown Unschoolers I: Overview of Findings. I posted the results of that study as a series of three articles in this blog—here, here, and here—and Gina and I also published a paper on it in the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning (here). Not surprisingly, the respondents in that survey were very enthusiastic and positive about their unschooling experiences. They described benefits having to do with their children’s psychological and physical wellbeing, improved social lives, and improved efficiency of learning and attitudes about learning. They also wrote about the increased family closeness and harmony, and the freedom from having to follow a school-imposed schedule, that benefited the whole family. The challenges they described had to do primarily with having to defend their unschooling practices to those who did not understand them or disapproved of them, and with overcoming some of their own culturally-ingrained, habitual ways of thinking about education.

Survey Method for Our Study of Grown Unschoolers. Speakers - Free to Be Unschooling Conference. Pam Sorooshian Pam Sorooshian is the mom of three grown-up unschooled kids: Roya (28), Roxana (25), and Rose (22). She is also an economics and statistics professor and she runs the college theater box office. Her family lives in Southern California and she is on the Board of Directors of the HomeSchool Association of California. Pam, and her husband, Cyrus, pulled Roya out of 4th grade, Roxana out of 1st grade, and never sent Rose to school at all. Jeff Sabo Jeff Sabo has been called many things in his life – an actor, a hockey coach, a soldier, a manager, a teacher, a writer, a husband, a partner, a doofus – but his heart found a home when he began to be called “Dad.” Laura Ellis Laura is 26 years old and lives in Santa Fe, NM, where she’s studying to become a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Erika Davis-Pitre Erika Davis-Pitre and her husband Michael have 4 children – one daughter (34) and three sons (30, 28 & 21). Jennifer Andersen That did not stop her though! Matt Jones Laura Flynn Endres. Andre Stern Interview. Is Our Education System Creating Well Trained Photocopying Robots? By Vansh Saluja and Himadrish Suwan: The foreword of all NCERT book carries the objectives of the much hyped National Curriculum Framework, 2005. “(the NCF) recommends that children’s life at school must be linked to their life outside school. The principle marks a departure from the legacy of bookish learning which continues to shape our system and causes a gap between the school, home and community. The syllabi and textbook.. attempt to discourage rote learning and the maintenance of sharp boundaries between subject areas”. 1Reaction Regardless of whatever the NCF states, our education system forces us to rote learn right from primary classes – learn the tables by heart, learn the poems by heart – and the amount of rote learning required keeps on increasing as we move up.

Book text: “One of the most distinctive features of Harappan cities was the carefully planned drainage system. Examination question nowadays: Explain the drainage system of Harrappan cities. 3Reactions. InterPlay. Western Cape – a case study in corrupting power. The province of the Western Cape offers an object lesson in the dangers of a bureaucracy operated by an absolute majority. In this province, an opposition party won a small but absolute majority in the elections of 2009. The new provincial government had been in power for little over a year when, in 2010, the education department published a notice in all the little local papers in the province, setting out “what the public should know” about home education and private schools. The notice not only neglects to tell the public on what authority it is based.

So no-one knows what the legal status of the notice is. The Pestalozzi Trust wrote to the Provincial Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Mr. At the end of the discussions, the officials informed the homeschooling representatives that they have no authority to give an answer to the questions that had been addressed to the Minister. They are still waiting.

Mr. So he was ducking responsibility – again. Mr. This fits well. Shikshantar - The Peoples' Institute for Rethinking Education and Development. Paths of Unlearning “The discovery that most learning requires no teaching can be neither manipulated nor planned. Each of us is personally responsible for his or her own deschooling, and only we have the power to do it. " - Ivan Illich As part of the Resisting the Culture of Schooling series, we thought to create spaces for young people to share their own stories of resistance and unlearning. These unique combinations of autobiography and analysis highlight how individuals (and couples) have started to unlearn/challenge the culture of schooling, Development and Globalization (and their various reference points); to reclaim their own learning processes; and to regenerate their own ways of living more creatively, harmoniously, justly, etc.

The intended audience of these stories is primarily young people, who are struggling to make sense of the world around them and to create a positive role for themselves in this world. An Invitation from Shikshantar Inspired by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Western Cape – a case study in corrupting power. Consejos para empezar un Huerto Urbano Ecologico. Los huertos urbanos promueven el consumo responsable, la agricultura sostenible, la sensibilización ambiental y la seguridad alimentaria. En los casos en los que se promueven en áreas públicas fomentan incluso el asociacionismo, la cultura y la participación pública. Producir para autoconsumo Primero debemos decidir qué queremos producir para consumo propio y en qué cantidad. No podemos plantar mucho a la misma vez por el espacio y también por si supera nuestras expectativas de consumo. Elegir una ubicación accesible, resistente y segura. No hay que olvidar que el huerto se debe controlar con frecuencia, la superficie (ya sea la de un balcón, una terraza o un alféizar) debe de poder soportar el peso de los maceteros y el sustrato, y ser una zona segura no solo durante el montaje, sino a lo largo de todo el ciclo, mientras se realizan las labores de cultivo.

La luz y el acceso al agua: factores determinantes. También es importante tener un grifo cerca de nuestro huerto. A. B. C. Short Programmes | Bhoomi College. Summerhill (2008) -AMAZING- Best Freedom Movie Ever!! THE NATURE-SMART CAREER: 11 New Jobs For a Nature-Rich Future. By Richard Louv on March 24th, 2014 What if high schools and colleges helped students create a nature-rich future, helped them become outdoor entrepreneurs? By that, I don’t mean careers devoted only to energy efficiency.

That’s important, but there’s a whole new category of green jobs coming and some of them are already here — nature-smart jobs. These careers and avocations will help children and adults become happier, healthier and smarter, by truly greening where people live, work, learn and play. Here are some exciting careers that you – and your kids – may never have considered: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. The list of possible careers can go on. See more examples in the comments below. Richard Louv is chairman emeritus of The Children and Nature Network and the author of “THE NATURE PRINCIPLE: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age,” from which this piece is adapted, and “LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.”

More Reading and Resources. Featured items | Sudbury Valley School Bookstore. Ken Robinson: 10 talks on education | Playlist. Sugata Mitra opens his first independent learning lab in India. Students at the School in the Cloud in Korakati, India, investigate the questions that matter to them online, with the assistance of a teacher via the Granny Cloud.

“Early one morning last February, a man turned up on my doorstep who had travelled through the night to get there,” said Sugata Mitra, the education reformer who received the 2013 TED Prize. “This schoolteacher wanted to do something positive for his village, which had no electricity, health care or primary education … It was just the kind of place I was looking for.” Korakati is a remote village in one of the poorest parts of India, in the middle of a mangrove swamp. It’s hardly the place that most people would seek out to try to build a high-tech learning lab. But then again, Sugata Mitra is not most people. A leading advocate of the self-directed learning movement, when Mitra arrived in Korakati upon this schoolteacher’s suggestion, his reputation preceded him. After all, why not reach for the stars?

Learning from Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Because of our unconscious assumption of superiority to less technologically advanced societies, it never occurs to most people working in education that traditional cultures embody a wealth of practical information about children and learning. School as we know it is such a historically young institution – less than a century old – and modern educators are continually baffled by the fact that students don’t learn the things they are intended to learn, programs don’t work the way they are intended to work, new initiatives don’t have the impact they are meant to have. Indigenous societies base their modes of learning and teaching on thousands of years of experience, observation, trial-and-error, and collective wisdom. The relationships between children and adults often appear effortless, with little or no obvious teaching going on. And yet children reach adulthood with an encyclopedic knowledge of their local ecosystems, spiritual traditions, and sustainable ways of living.

Schooling the World. Shikshantar - The Peoples' Institute for Rethinking Education and Development.