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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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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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Unsolicited Evaluation Is the Enemy of Creativity

In schools today—and increasingly out of schools too—children are more or less continuously directed and evaluated by adults. These are precisely the conditions that have been shown, in many research studies, to suppress creativity. It is no wonder that children's creativity has declined in recent decades.

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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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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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Information Night Feb 10th

What is the role of parents at a Sudbury school? The Sudbury model has been likened to “unschooling in a school” and it is crucial for parents to allow their children to assume full responsibility for their own education in the school environment in order for their children to maximally benefit from the Sudbury experience. What role will parents [...]

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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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Empowering Neighborhoods and Restoring Play: A Modest Proposal

Because neighbors don't know one another as they once did, parents' fears of "strangers" in the neighborhood has helped to cause a sharp decline in children's free outdoor neighborhood play. Here is a proposal for bringing neighbors together and creating safe, neighborhood play-and-learning centers that everyone can enjoy. We may actually do this, as a pilot project, in a neighborhood already selected. Please read on, and supply your ideas for improving the project.

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Trustful Parenting May Require an Alternative to Conventional Schooling

As I write this essay, children and adolescents all over America are frantically completing their assigned summer reading, so they can turn in their book reports, due on the first day of class. Or, they are blowing off the assignments while their parents are frantically trying to get them to do them. If your child fails to turn in those reports, you may be as much to "blame" as your child. The school system expects you to monitor, nudge, maybe even bribe or threaten your child--do whatever you must to get that slacker to do the assignment. .... To be a trustful parent these days, you may need to find some alternative to conventional schooling for your child. Here are two suggestions.

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