Sometimes we feel a little awkward about doing something that such a small percentage of other people are doing. It can make us glamorize some of the experiences we may have had in school, or at least tell ourselves, "It wasn't that bad." But look through a few of these articles. Watch the videos. Remind yourself of the reality.
And before everyone goes nuts saying this is a terrible school-bashing page, I didn't make this stuff up! This is a reality check for many people. Sure, some people are perfectly fine with their school scenario - awesome. And there are TONS of websites to support that line of thinking. Most teachers DO try hard. But for those who don't - what about the kids exposed to them? Personally, I can only remember one or two good teachers. And knowing how long I was in school, that's not enough to tip the scales. And it's one of the reasons we chose to leave the school system.
“…the idea of special learning places where nothing but learning happens no longer seems to me to make any sense at all. The proper place and best place for children to learn whatever they need or want to know is the place where until very recently almost all children learned it–in the world itself, in the mainstream of adult life.”
“We made a terrible mistake when (with the best of intentions) we separated children from adults and learning from the rest of life, and one of our most urgent tasks is to take down the barriers we have put between them and let them come back together.” – John Holt
Sometimes it helps to take off those rose-colored glasses and schools for what they really are. This is our collection of articles and videos that remind people about why so many families are walking away from their school system.
Show me the truth.
America's Public Schools are No Longer Serving the Public
Daniel Lattier - Intellectual TakeOut | February 7, 2017
3 Destructive Things School Taught You Without You Even Realizing It
Mark Manson | June 3, 2015
Factory Model Schools
10 Things Wrong With What Kids Learn in Schools
Valerie Strauss | April 2, 2014
Alfie Kohn | American School Board Journal - April 2011
Has School Changed?
Sara - Happiness is Here | October 11, 2O16
Is Trump's Victory the Jumpstart Civics Education Needed?
Richard D. Kahlenberg and Clifford Janey | The Atlantic
Early Academic Training Produces LongTerm Harm
Peter Gray | Psychology Today
Peter Gray | Psychology Today
Carol Black | Schooling the World
Luba Vangelova | KQED News Mind/Shift
IS THE AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM DAMAGING OUR KIDS?
Peter Gray | Reader's Digest
Erika Christakis | The Atlantic
HOW DOES SCHOOL WOUND: KIRSTEN OLSON HAS COUNTED SOME WAYS
Peter Gray | Psychology Today
HOMESCHOOLING BECAUSE OF BULLYING?
Ann Zeise | A2Z Homeschooling
OUR KIDS DON’T NEED F@*#ING PEDAL DESKS, THEY NEED RECESS
Maria Guido | Scary Mommy
DEAR SCHOOL, IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU.
Teach from the Heart
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL NIGHTMARE: WHY FIX A SYSTEM DESIGNED TO DESTROY INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT?
John Taylor Gatto | Films for Action
THE PROFOUND WAYS THAT SCHOOLING HARMS SOCIETY:
INCREDIBLY, ALL OF THIS IS INVISIBLE TO OUR CULTURE
Carol Black | Films for Action
FINLAND WILL BECOME THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO GET RID OF SUBECTS
Brightside | November 2016
WHY CHILDREN PROTEST GOING TO SCHOOL
Peter Gray | Films for Action
Q & A WITH DENISE CLARK POPE
Palo Alto Weekly | March 30, 2005
Why I'm Leaving Teaching, A Florida Teacher's Painful Decision
Andrew Marra | Palm Beach Post
THE HUMAN NATURE OF TEACHING II: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM HUNTER-GATHERERS?
(How they taught without coercion)
Peter Gray | Psychology Today
And then This...
No one wants to dwell on it, but these things really happened. True, the majority of schools are not like this. But for these families - and unfortunately many more like them, this is their reality.
- Mom Finds Son in Padded Room at Bastrop School
Mary Huber | Austin American Statesman
- No Pay, No Play! Poor Kids Banned from School Carnival
Susan Edleman | May 24, 2015
- Teachers Abuse Special Needs Students
Huffington Post Collection of Articles
- A Teacher's Story: Why I'm Leaving Public Education
- New Braunfels Mother Speaks Out about Son Being Put in a "Safe Room"
THE FOCUS ROOM HORROR
KENS 5 - San Antonio
Widener Law Review: Tanya K. Dumas, Sean Gates, Deborah Schwarzer
The right of parents to control the education and upbringing of their children encompasses the right to teach them at home. The evidence given in this paper demonstrates not that restricting homeschooling better serves a State’s interest in education, but that the opposite is true: that homeschooling serves, rather than defeats, this interest, and that this interest is best met by ensuring that parents remain free to homeschool their children if they wish to do so.
The Journal of Homeschooling and Alternative Learning: Peter Gray and Gina Riley
The biggest challenge expressed was that of overcoming feelings of criticism, or social pressure, that came from others who disapproved and from their own culturally-ingrained, habitual ways of thinking about education. The reported benefits of unschooling were numerous; they included improved learning, better attitudes about learning, and improved psychological and social wellbeing for the children; and increased closeness, harmony, and freedom for the whole family.
Peter Gray, PhD | Psychology Today
Seventy-five unschooled adults report on their childhood and adult experiences. This study comes as a follow up of their other study (above). That survey led them to wonder how those who are unschooled, as opposed to their parents, feel about the unschooling experience. We also had questions about the ability of grown unschoolers to pursue higher education, if they chose to do so, and to find gainful and satisfying adult employment. Those questions led to the survey of grown unschoolers that is described in this article and, in more detail, in three more articles to follow.
The Journal of Homeschooling and Alternative Learning: Kellie Rostad & Kathleen Kesson
It is our hope that our narratives will provide a broader context for understanding this potentially revolutionary approach of trusting children to live and learn naturally, contributing philosophical support both to families who choose not to school their children, and to the unconventional, innovative schools that strive to be welcoming, nurturing places where children have the freedom to develop their own interests, in their own ways, and who are accountable to no one but themselves, the law that governs us all, and their chosen communities.
The Journal of Homeschooling and Alternative Learning: Izabela USCINSKI
The author proposes that learning in school is an outmoded practice that needs to be reevaluated in light of current practices that children engage in outside of school as well as skills needed for the future. She draws on the philosophy of learning proposed by John Holt and researchers who have carried over his philosophy to demonstrate the qualities of real learning. Then, she demonstrates that learning principles built into the video games as proposed by James Gee, are more effective in engaging players in skills needed in the 21st century than many activities students perform in school.
1. We don’t have any comprehensive data about U.S. homeschoolers nationally: total number of homeschoolers, learning outcomes, or anything else.
2. Claims that the “average homeschooler” outperforms public and private school students are simply not justified.
3. There is no such thing as a “typical homeschooler.”
Andrade, Albert G., (PhD), Ohio University, Instructional Technology (Education), 2008.
The purpose of the research was to understand the relationship between the advent and wide-scale diffusion of computer and communication technologies and the growth of home education in the U.S.
Presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta, GA
Rutledge Taylor & Francis Group: Ed Collom & Douglas E. Mitchell
A study done on a segment of home-based charter school students and their families in California. This study was done to get a handle on the homeschooling community, and homeschoolers were not a part of the study! Must be purchased.
Peabody Journal of Education: Richard G. Medlin
Vol. 75, No. 1/2, The Home Education Movement in Context, Practice, and Theory (2000)
Socialization can be more accurately defined as “the process whereby people acquire the rules of behavior and systems of beliefs and attitudes that equip a person to function effectively as a member of a particular society.” (Durkin, 1995b, p. 614). Homeschooling and the Question of Socialization Revisited is the follow-up study. It must be purchased to read in full.
Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association, University of Exeter, England, 2002
Paula Rothermel | University of Durham
The home-educated children demonstrated high levels of attainment and good social skills. Common to all families was their flexible approach. The children benefited from parental attention and the freedom to develop their skills at their own pace. Families enjoyed strong bonds and parents were committed to providing a nurturing environment for their children.
Patricia Lines | Discovery Institute
Homeschooling is becoming more common and more widely accepted. American families from diverse backgrounds resort to homeschooling because they are dissatisfied with the philosophy, the content, or the quality of American schools. The great majority of homeschooling families are not separatists and isolationists but active members of civil society. They seek to improve this nation, but they want to raise and educate their children in the meantime. Ultimately, they may help to inspire a great renewal of American education, or at least preserve values and ideas that are out of fashion within the education establishment.
Kathi Moreau | Northern Michigan University
This study describes the families who are most likely to choose homeschooling as an educational option and the level of success that these families experience as a result of this choice. November 27, 2012.
Enough of that, right?
Let's dive into unschooling!
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Your kids deserve to have the best lives possible!