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n+1: Learning in Freedom
"I never say everyone should unschool or that we should replicate Albany Free School, which I don’t think could scale in its current formation (it depends, for example, on a volunteer ethos I don’t think we can or should expect from our educators)…foundation of unschooling philosophy is idea that we are, to quote John Holt, “learning animals,” & that we should tap into people’s intrinsic motivation to explore & understand the world…

…most liberal parents are desperate to help their children climb to the top of the meritocracy…top of an exclusionary pyramid…largely been rigged in their favor all along. How liberal is that? One of the virtues of unschooling, of the radical philosophy that underpins it, is that it calls the entire hierarchy into question…

Today, conventional wisdom has it that the solution is more, never less.

…taking a closer look at radical margins may help us ask better questions about what we really want from our educational system…how to go about getting it."
whiteflight  publicschools  schooliness  schooling  schools  homeschool  children  parenting  learning  education  segregation  diversity  policy  2012  albanyfreeschool  johnholt  society  deschooling  competition  meritocracy  liberals  danagoldstein  publiceducation  astrataylor  unschooling 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Free to Learn: A Radical Experiment in Education on Vimeo [More resources in the remainder of the video caption]
"Free to Learn:

A Radical Experiment in Education

A Documentary by Jeff Root & Bhawin Suchak

Free to Learn is a 70 minute documentary that offers a “fly on the wall” perspective of the daily happenings at The Free School in Albany, New York. Like many of today’s radical and democratic schools, The Free School expects children to decide for themselves how to spend their days.

The Free School, however, is unique in that it transcends obstacles that prevent similar schools from reaching a economically and racially diverse range of students and operates in the heart of an inner-city neighborhood.

For over thirty years in perhaps the most radical experiment in American education, this small inner-city alternative school has offered its students complete freedom over their learning. There are no mandatory classes, no grades, tests, or homework, and rules are generally avoided. As a last resort, rules are created democratically by students and teachers, often at the prompting of a student. At a time when our educators are mandated to march forward with no child left behind, the students of the Free School, many of whom would have fallen through the cracks of today’s failing public school system, have managed to slip out of education’s back door and have run away free.

Free to Learn follows a handful of these children courageously meeting the daily challenges of hope, acceptance, loss, friendship, conflict, and the difficult task of deciding, for themselves, what to do with each day.

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The Free School, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is dependent on a network of individual donors to continue offering its unique and innovative approach to education to students who need it. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today:

Please also consider purchasing a copy of Free to Learn to support AERO and the filmmakers who gave so much time and energy into making this wonderful resource. "
freeschools  albanyfreeschool  documentary  education  unschooling  deschooling  jeffroot  bhawinsuchak  lcproject 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Not The Boss Of Me | Matt Hern - Everywhere All the Time: A New Deschooling Reader
"Everywhere, All the Time: A New Deschooling Reader and is greatly expanded and improved. It still features a pile of classic writing from Tolstoy, Illich, Holt and Bhave, more recent analysis from folks like Grace Llewellyn, Satish Kumar and John Gatto and stories from Sudbury Valley, Summerhill and the Albany Free School; but there is now a lot more added. ... great essays from Emma Goldman, Tagore, Gustavo Esteva, Madhu Prakash, and Pat Farenga; stories from unschooled kids, reports from places like the Pedro Albizu Puerto Rican High School in Chicago, a bunch of terrific photos, stories from projects in Israel, Turkey, Thailand, India and Mali, and lots more. It is a lot better and more comprehensive collection than D.O.L, and should be inspiring and engaging for people whether they are already familiar with deschooling ideas, are looking to get a grasp of the range of unschooling and alternative-to-school thinking, or want to read about some great projects from around the world. "
matthern  books  deschooling  unschooling  education  learning  homeschool  ivanillich  johnholt  johntaylorgatto  gracellewellyn  sumerhill  albanyfreeschool 
february 2009 by robertogreco

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