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Give High School Students the Same Freedom as College Students

Blake Boles | Posted 12.19.2014 | Education
Blake Boles

Real learning thrives when students have real choices. Give high school students the same freedom as college students, and we'll take education a step in the right direction.

9 Lifesaving Tips to Survive Homeschooling Overseas

AK Turner | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
AK Turner

If you can survive traveling with your kids, you can survive schooling them, as well. Here are nine tips to keep in mind when homeschooling your kids away from home.

8 Mistakes of the Would-Be Digital Nomad Family

AK Turner | Posted 11.26.2014 | Travel
AK Turner

You work from your laptop. You've heard stories of people just like you who travel for months at a time. You think you're ready to give it a try. I think you're ready, too. When planning your first trip, make sure you avoid these eight common mistakes of would-be traveling families.

To Fix School, Make it Consensual

Blake Boles | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Blake Boles

C.S. Lewis wrote, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." Education is no exception. To become a self-directed learner is to become, in the words of my friend Ethan Mitchell, a consensual learner.

How to Write 50,000 Words in a Month

Blake Boles | Posted 11.13.2014 | Education
Blake Boles

The secret to the success of the Writing Retreat, I believe, was that we created a place for our writers to work alone, together.

The Best Way To Learn Tolerance? Raise A Teenager

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Edwin Leap, MD

Tolerance is the word we now use to say, "you have to agree with my views." However, as one sees with teenagers, tolerance in truth means to disagree, but to respect. And in its highest, most beautiful incarnation, to disagree and yet love.

Holy Flow Parenting

Brooke Hampton | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Brooke Hampton

Holy Flow parenting for me has been about making a conscious decision every morning to embrace and enjoy these moments while the kids are under this roof with me. I don't want to just survive this phase of our lives, I want to be fully present and enjoy it!

To Home School or Not to Home School, and What Are the Alternatives?

Quora | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Quora

We want our children to have agency and autonomy, to be able to chart their path in the real world, to have reliable internal controls.

Boners + Belly Laughter: Laughterbating With Aella's Avant-garde, NSFW Performance Art (Part II)

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.02.2014 | Weird News
Jesse Damiani

Weird stuff happens here all the time. Sometimes we have dance parties. I have these lights that flash and stuff, and they play a lot of rap music.

Back to School - Or Not? Five Reasons to Consider Learning Without Schooling for Your Teen

Catherine Gobron | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Gobron

Here we are in August and teens across the country are getting ready to go back to school. Some of them are looking forward to it. And some are not....

Okay, You've Graduated from Homeschooling. What's Next?

Blake Boles | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Blake Boles

For those of you taking a path that doesn't include college right now, if you're not sure what to do with your life, choose the path that will make the best story later. You must continue to be an interest-driven, self-directed learner.

What Is It Like to Raise Unschooled Kids?

Quora | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Quora

As unschoolers, we live as though school (K-12) doesn't even exist. When my son shows an interest in any particular thing, I find ways to help him explore his interests in a way that will be productive and fulfilling for him in the long run.

Hope for USA Auties and Aspies From UK

David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T.

As a joint blog answered commenter Russell's first question last week I'll just address his second question, which was, what do I mean by solve the au...

Growing up in Bill Gothard's Homeschool Cult

Micah J. Murray | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

When I tell my story, people say "You should hate God by now. It's a miracle you're a Christian at all. They're right. It's a miracle.

College Prep for Kindergarteners?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Eventually, kids who are curious will want to learn from books, from teachers, from tech. But substituting top-down "education" for free play isn't preparing little kids for college or careers.

Staying in School is Not as Crucial As You Might Think

Catherine Gobron | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

School is optional. That's just true. School is one option for learning, one option for preparation for a successful future, one place to spend your...

Sunday Unschooling

Will Braun | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Will Braun

I realized later in life that many of the most creative, wise and spiritually grounded people I knew had little formal education.

For Me, the Future of Teaching Is Already Here

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

Sparks & Honey, a New York City-based firm of futurists, predicts that one of the top-ten new jobs in 2025 will be unschooling counselor. That's what I do now, and I can definitely see why many other professionals will soon be joining me.

The World School Lens

Write for the Future | Posted 04.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Forrest Sprague I feel at home whenever I travel with my camera. I am in my living room when I capture pieces of the world with my lens. I was ho...

New Challenges for the Teaching Profession

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 04.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Real improvement can only come when we address the big picture: It's not only a matter of improving teacher training, but also of attracting more innovation into the sector, through the engagement of new players and new providers.

The Crucial Reminder No One Will Give you

Jen Merrill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jen Merrill

Our jobs as homeschoolers is not easy. Oh, how I wish it were. But it's not, and we have to take steps to ensure we have the energy -- mental, physical, and emotional -- to do what we do with the kids we're doing it with.

What A 4-Year-Old Should Know

Alicia Bayer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
Alicia Bayer

We are such a competitive culture that even our preschoolers have become trophies and bragging rights. Childhood shouldn't be a race.

Where Do We Draw the Line on Religious Abuse?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.03.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The recent push in Quebec to ban religious clothing and symbols such as the burka and niqab reignited the heated debate about the role of the state in...

18 Ridiculously Successful Home-School Alums

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.23.2013 | Parents

These days there is debate about the best forum for children to receive quality education: public schools, charter schools, private schools, school vo...

Courts and (Neo)Vouchers: When (if Ever) Should We Be Surprised?

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

Lawyers who designed the neovoucher approach were doing what lawyers are hired to do: to find a work-around that will allow their clients to follow a desired path notwithstanding a law intended to block that path.