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Seeking Unschooled Adults to Tell Us About Their Experiences

Do you know anyone, age 18 or older, who was “unschooled” for a period that covered, at least, what would have been their last two years of high school? If so, please invite them into this survey.

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The Challenges of Unschooling: Report III from the Survey

What is the biggest challenge or hurdle that families must surmount in order to "unschool" their children (that is, in order to allow their children to control their own education)? According to a recent large-scale survey, the biggest challenges lie not in unschooling per se, but in societal attitudes toward it. It is hard to stand up to social norms.

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What Leads Families to “Unschool” Their Children? Report II

Here, based on a survey of 232 unschooling families, I address these questions: Why did they remove their children from standard schooling? Why did they transition from homeschooling to unschooling? What authors, and what life experiences, influenced their decision?

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What Is Unschooling? Invitation to a Survey

A large and growing number of parents are taking their children out of school, not to school them at home but to allow them to learn in their own natural ways at home and in the larger community. What are they thinking?

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The Marshmallow Test

There is a photo of a huge green mound of fluffy sugar on the front page of today’s Globe and Mail, along with the headline, “How long can your four-year-old resist eating this marshmallow? (It matters more than you’d think)”. … Continue reading

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The Marshmallow Test

There is a photo of a huge green mound of fluffy sugar on the front page of today’s Globe and Mail, along with the headline, “How long can your four-year-old resist eating this marshmallow? (It matters more than you’d think)”. It links to this story inside, part of a series on the impact of play-based […]

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The Marshmallow Test

There is a photo of a huge green mound of fluffy sugar on the front page of today’s Globe and Mail, along with the headline, “How long can your four-year-old resist eating this marshmallow? (It matters more than you’d think)”. It links to this story inside, part of a series on the impact of play-based […]

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The Marshmallow Test

There is a photo of a huge green mound of fluffy sugar on the front page of today’s Globe and Mail, along with the headline, “How long can your four-year-old resist eating this marshmallow? (It matters more than you’d think)”. It links to this story inside, part of a series on the impact of play-based […]

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The Marshmallow Test

There is a photo of a huge green mound of fluffy sugar on the front page of today’s Globe and Mail, along with the headline, “How long can your four-year-old resist eating this marshmallow? (It matters more than you’d think)”. … Continue reading

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Discussion Meeting on Curriculum

There were 16 of us at the last general discussion meeting. Some new faces (welcome), some who attended before (welcome back). A lot of the discussion revolved around the question what what curriculum is. Most of us — and the general public — initially think of curriculum as a set of information that one needs to know. Teachers talk [...]

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