Self-directed learning is more fun with parent intimacy

This is a guest post from Erin Wetzel. She is a painter and a poet who lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband and daughter. You can connect with her on instagram @ekwetzel. Earlier she wrote Unschooling Starts the Day Your Child is Born.

Tonight, as Phoebe was getting ready for bed, she turned to me and lamented, "I only know how to read one book, Mama. I only know how to read “Maisy Big, Maisy Small." She looked longingly at her bookshelf. Read more ›

Posted in Individual learning styles

This will make you happy about downshifting to homeschool

It turns out that Burning Man is filled with startup founders streaming down from the Ramen-stocked futon-furnished studio apartments in San Francisco. This is shocking to me because it used to be that startup founders were obsessed with their companies. The founders thought of nothing but their product, their market, their competitors. There were no vacations, and there were no distractions. Read more ›

Posted in Parents

We need to stop presenting school as the default. It’s a choice.

I read about families in Israel that settle the West Bank. I am a Jewish person who is horrified by the treatment of the Palestinians by Israel, but I don't have any good solution, so I'm reticent to pass judgment. Mostly, I just try to do good when I have the opportunity.

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Posted in The truth about school

Is it normal for parents to put their own needs first?

This is a guest post from Kerelys Beltran. She has a toddler son. And she is one of the most prolific and insightful commenters on this blog. Karelys sent this email to me and I thought it would be fun for everyone to read.

I thought you were so ridiculous when you said, vehemently, that parents sent kids to school because they wanted a break. Who in their right mind would ever sacrifice their kids' well-being for their own? Read more ›

Posted in Parents

5 Steps for teaching kids to be entrepreneurs

I've launched four startups, and my kids are well aware of the investors my life spins around, and the startup that has good days when my employees are at the farm and work feels like a party, and bad days where I pretend I don't even work at my own company because I'm so sick of the pressure. Sometimes the kids have a hard time grasping, though, how I make money.  They watch Sky Does Minecraft's YouTube channel with his ten million subscribers and my kids say, "How do you make money when you don't even have a million subscribers?!?!" Read more ›

Posted in Extended classroom

Is it immoral for rich kids to attend public school?

Americans love to debate what, exactly does it mean to be rich.  This is probably because we don't have a handy divider like the British class system.

Do you see this Lego person as rich? Did you say yes? You are right:

Which goes to show that when it comes to rich, it's hard to define but we know it when we see it.

Yet still, we fret about even the middle-class label for ourselves. Read more ›

Posted in School reform

You need to teach homeschooled kids to break rules


For those families going to London this fall, (which is probably none of us but this site sounds so exciting and cosmopolitan when I start a post that way, doesn’t it?) there’s an exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum called Disobedient Objects. The exhibition is a celebration of our natural ability to break rules.
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Posted in Positive influence

Information Age education is suited for parents not teachers

In education we continue to approach the same problems with the same sorts of solutions, despite the fact that they’re not working. Instead, we need a fundamental shift in how we educate our children. Our public school system was designed to meet the needs of a long-ago era—the Industrial Age. Old ways are not working because now, we are in the Information Age. Read more ›

Posted in Parents

How my unschooled son got into college

This is a guest post from Daphne Gray-Grant. She is a writing and publication coach. 

We started homeschooling our three kids because I’d hated school as a child. I wanted to give them a better life and I knew that had nothing to do with the public school down the street. Or with sitting at the kitchen table supervising math and English workbooks. Read more ›

Posted in College

Don’t lag behind the mass exodus from school

The huge momentum behind homeschooling today is mostly fueled by the huge disappointment of public school. Academic research shows estimates that homeschooling in the US growing at up to 15% a year. Increasingly, competent parents see conventional education as an antique practice designed only to get kids out of the house. Read more ›

Posted in Brainwashing