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Passion-Driven Education: How to Use Your Child's Interests to Ignite a Lifelong Love of Learning Paperback – August 16, 2016
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It was a quick, easy read (the book is very "thin" itself.) But it was superficial. It was clear that he was taking his history from Gatto, and using newspapers and things to find supportive quotes. He clearly doesn't have any real understanding of John Dewey, nor does he have any real philosophy of education. This book is an argument for homeschooling, for letting interests (what he calls passions) direct education. The thing is, interest-based education is the greatest lesson from Dewey. He helped us see how interest and experience shape the process of learning, and how schools can be used to instill a lifelong love of learning. (By the wayt, Dewey's ideas lost. Save for his lab school, the establishment didn't like Dewey and he was investigated by the FBI. He was a threat to their factory-based approach to schooling.) Dewey also helped us see how life itself is education and how children are naturally curious. There is nothing to unlock. We just need to free the learning.
If you are really interested in freedom based, interested based or what Boyack calls passion driven education, go read some unschoolers. Try the website Living Joyfully. What you will find is way more depth, and a better understanding about how to construct a home life where living is learning. You will find the secrets to creating a life where learning itself is free.