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A Survey of Grown Unschoolers I: Overview of Findings

How do people who didn't go to school or do curriculum-based homeschooling as children and teenagers fare in adult life? Can they go to college and do well there without previous schooling? What kinds of careers do they pursue? In retrospect, are they happy or unhappy with their unschooled background? In this study, 75 grown unschoolers tell us about their experiences.

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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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The Benefits of Unschooling: Report I from a Large Survey

This past fall I surveyed unschooling families, primarily to learn why they chose not to send their children to school or to school them at home. Two hundred and thirty one families responded to the survey. In this, the first report of the results, I focus on the families’ definitions of unschooling and the advantages they perceive unschooling to have for their families.

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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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General Discussion Group, Jan 26th

Topic: The role of parents in alternative education Parents play a BIG role in their kids’ educations. Discuss what parental involvement looks like, how it plays out, and when the kids decide enough is enough. Date: Jan 26/11 Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. with TTC directions from Main Station: tiny.cc/51uqx with follow-up on how parents can be involved [...]

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CURRICULUM: Discussion Evening hosted by Reach

Curriculum What is it?   —————– Do we need it?  ———— Who decides?  ————- What kind?  —————– Does it matter?  ———— To whom?  —————— Why? ————————- Join us in a lively discussion of the role of CURRICULUM in alternative education, whether homeschooling, unschooling, online schooling, Waldorf, Montessori, Sudbury education and more. Thursday, October 28/10     7 – 8:30 p.m. Frankland Community Centre 816 Logan Ave., just [...]

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Experiences of ADHD-Labeled Kids Who Switch from Conventional Schooling to Homeschooling or Unschooling

In response to my call for stories about ADHD-diagnosed kids who have been educated in non-traditional settings, I received 28 stories. My analysis of these stories suggests that (1) most ADHD-diagnosed kids do fine without drugs if they are not in a conventional school; (2) the ADHD characteristics don't vanish just because they aren't in school, but the characteristics are no longer as big a problem as they were before; and (3) ADHD-diagnosed kids seem to do especially well when they are allowed to take charge of their own education.

 

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Many alternative paths to post-secondary

Our largest turnout yet! Homeschooling parents, educational professionals, parents with kids in traditional and alternative schools, current and former Sudbury-school parents, parents of preschoolers and one teen in Grade 11 (a former Beach School student) came to the beautiful new building of the Toronto Buddhist Church in the Downsview area of Toronto. In addition to [...]

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No Diploma? No Problem Reminder

Just reminding people that our upcoming discussion group will be about getting into post-secondary without a high school diploma — a great topic for non-traditional schoolers. Where: Toronto Buddhist Church 1011 Sheppard Ave W. When: May 20, 2010 (Thursday) 7-9 p.m. TTC: Downsview Station RSVP to reachsudbury(at)gmail(dot)com addthis_url = 'http%3A%2F%2Freachsudbury.edublogs.org%2F2010%2F05%2F17%2Fno-diploma-no-problem-reminder%2F'; addthis_title = 'No+Diploma%3F+No+Problem+Reminder'; [...]

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Great Discussion on Monday and No Diploma, No Problem! on May 20

Monday’s monthly discussion night was a lively gathering from which no one seemed to want to leave. Three former Beach School students (including myself and my sister Frances, who is currently attending the original Sudbury Valley School) shared their experiences with a group who seemed quite interested. Dr Carlo Ricci (our group’s education consultant) was kind [...]

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