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Unschooling Rules: 55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know About Schools and Rediscover Education Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Edited to add: I wish Amazon had a way a reviewer could easily indicate if a review is written by a friend or colleague in the field of the author. Re-reading the reviews, this looks to be the case with several of the positive reviews, and I wish I had spotted that sooner. I also do not find anything to support the publisher's (?) description that the author has experience with homeschoolers and unschoolers and is an education guru.If this is the case, I wish the author or publisher would provide some information on it. There should be more transparency to decrease the likelihood that customers such as myself feel like they were taken for a ride.
Whatever our 'love affair' with the school classroom might have been in the past (I have a grown up daughter who was very successful in school throughout the 1990s), I live now in a culture of unprecedented educational opportunity, a reality where every self-motivated individual with an internet connection is free to learn whatever they choose to learn whenever and wherever it suits them. It's the age of the "digital revolution" - and that has made schools the laggards of the education world and in need of the kinds of fundamental changes that Clark Aldrich explores through his ideas, often with the help of some wry and perceptive humour.
I do like this little book very much (which is why it features on my website!) and consider it recommended reading for anybody interested in the future of education, whatever form that might ultimately take. For those who are unschooling, I think it's a gift for biting back at the critics. For parents with children in school who just want schools to be better than they've become it may however be a provocative read - there are many things to think about in this book that you might find yourself thinking about for the very first time.
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I imagine if you'd never heard of unschooling and you wanted to "dive in" this may SEEM helpful, but actually it's not. Read morePublished 26 days ago by TeacherKel
Read this book if you're a parent and want to have a disruptive and innovative learning environment for your children, we all have to question the status quo!!!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Succint and inspirational. Aldrich's Unschooling Rules shifted my perspective of America's goliath educational institution from being in need of reform to being better off burned... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amanda Ines Golden
This is the best book on unschooling I have read, and I have read many! five more words are requiredPublished 11 months ago by Lisa Jackson
Great book for new perspectives on learning and real education.Published 12 months ago by Linda B. Etter
Great insights...really opens a person's mind to seeing education in a whole new light...not just as it applies to my kids, but me as well.Published 13 months ago by A. Melicharek