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Schools Are Good for Showing Off, Not for Learning

High pressure testing and evaluation inhibits learning and drives a wedge between those who already know and those who don't. That is one explanation of the education gap between children from economically well off families and those from poorer families, and why that gap has been increasing over the past few decades.

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Beyond Attachment to Parents: Children Need Community

In hunter-gatherer cultures, such as that of the Efe, infants and children develop close relationships with, and are cared for by, the entire band, not just parents. Today, too, both children and parents need the support of a caring community. The nuclear family is not enough.

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Education Revolution: Help Us Reach the Tipping Point

When everyone knows several families who have left coercive schooling and chosen a path of educational self-determination, so it no longer seems like an odd thing to do, we will reach a tipping point. The floodgates will open, and coercive schools will empty out. You can help our nation and world reach that tipping point.

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The Most Basic Freedom Is Freedom to Quit

Freedom to quit is essential to peaceful societies, happy marriages, and satisfying employment. It could also turn schools into places where children learn joyfully.

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My Hope for “Free to Learn”

We have made great strides in recognizing the competence and rights of people regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation. I hope now to see real progress in recognizing the competence and rights of children, for only when children grow up free can we hope for a society in which adults know fully how to handle freedom and the responsibilities that come with it.

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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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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

In the 1950s, E. Paul Torrance developed ways to measure children's creativity that have proven to be valid predictors of adult accomplishment. A new study using Torrance's measures indicates that children's creativity has been on the decline for the past 20 to 30 years.

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In Relationships, Respect May Be Even More Crucial than Love

Love without respect is dangerous; it can crush the other person—sometimes literally. To respect is to understand that the other person is not you, not an extension of you, not a reflection of you, not your toy, not your pet, not your product.

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Meet Kate Fridkis, Who Skipped K-12 and Is Neither Weird nor

Kate Fridkis, who didn't go to elementary or secondary school, is now 26 years old, is happily married, lives in New York City, has a master’s degree in religion from Columbia University, is a part-time chazzan (cantor) at a synagogue (a job she’s held since age 15), and is a full-time writer. I'm delighted that she agreed to this interview.

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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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