For the Love of Learning Episode #8
The Unschooling Movement
Monday March 23, 2015 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST
Tuesday March 24, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT
Teresa Graham Brett
“All I am saying can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”
Unschooling is a term that the late John Holt coined in the late ‘70′s to describe learning that is based on a child’s interests and needs. Unschooling does not begin with a parent’s notion of what is important to learn and then turn the choices of how to learn the content over to a child. Rather, it begins with the child’s natural curiosity and expands from there. Unschooling is not “instruction free” learning. If a child wants to learn to read, an unschooling parent may offer instruction by providing help with decoding, reading to the child, and giving the child ample opportunity to encounter words. If the child is uninterested in these supports, the parent backs off until the child asks for help. The most important thing about the unschooling process is that the child is in charge of the learning, not the adult. Unschoolers often do no traditional school work, yet they do learn traditional subject matter. They learn it as a natural extension of exploring their own personal interests.
Bios of Tonight’s Guests:
Scott Noelle is a parenting coach and the author of The Daily Groove: How to Enjoy Parenting… Unconditionally!. Since 2006, more than 20,000 families have been served by his practical parenting wisdom through the free Daily Groove mailing list (online at www.dailygroove.com).
Scott believes that children are innately good and that a natural, partnership style of parenting is the best way to foster their goodness. He teaches parents how to avoid coercive parenting methods by focusing on four positivepathways to power — Partnership, Authenticity, Trust, and Heart — an approach he calls PATH Parenting.
Scott is also an advocate of homeschooling and self-directed, pleasure-driven, natural learning. He lives in Portland, Oregon (USA), with his partner Beth Noelle and their two teenage children.
The Daily Groove –www.dailygroove.com
Book — The Daily Groove: How to Enjoy Parenting… Unconditionally!
Coaching Info– www.scottnoelle.com
PATH Parenting –www.pathparenting.com
The Continuum Concept- www.continuum-concept.org
Co-sleeping Info- www.cosleeping.org/
As an editor, Jeremy’s involvement in the television and film industry has spanned over 20 years. He has worked on hundreds of music videos, commercials, and corporate projects, as well as award winning documentaries and short films.
Some of his clients have included Lucasfilm, National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Yamaha, Virgin America, Sony Playstation, Dave Matthews Band, Acura and Peoplesoft.
Class Dismissed is his directorial debut and over the past few months the film has been screening to sold-out audiences all across the US.
As a homeschooling father, Class Dismissed is a deeply personal project. He lives in Oakland with his wife and 10 year old unschooled daughter.
Teresa Graham Brett
I live my passion for creating social change by combining my work in social justice education with parenting. After graduating from law school, I opted to serve the cause of social change as an advocate, educator, and leader at three large public universities across the United States. My life was transformed after the births of two children. In spite of my espoused professional values, I realized that I had accepted, without question, the dominant cultural beliefs that adults have the right to control and coerce children. The children in my life have challenged me to live according to the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent and human being.
Using my experience in facilitating transformative learning and intergroup dialogue, I began my own intensive learning journey. It led me to a deeper understanding that the ways our society treats children sets the foundation for all other forms of injustice. I founded Parenting for Social Change and as a writer and consultant, I work with other parents to do inner work as a foundation for outer action that ultimately liberates individuals, groups and communities.
I have also written for Home Education Magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness, Rethinking Everything Magazine, and Rethinking Everything – Parent, and the Natural Child Project. I am editor of Kindred Media and Community, project manager for Kindred’s Parent Education Programs and I also serve on Kindred’s non-profit Board of Directors, Families for Conscious Living.
Along with Dieudonne Allo, I co-founded Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa and I serve on the board of directors while developing parent education programs.
I also serve as a consultant to groups, organizations, and institutions who are doing the work to create cultures that are liberatory, just, and inclusive.
Parenting For Social Change – www.parentingforsocialchange.com
Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa’s parent education programmes and work- allianceparenting.org
Kindred Media and Community Parent Liberation Alliance and Programs- http://www.kindredmedia.org/2014/12/conscious-parenting-south-africa-kindreds-pioneering-partner-apeas-story/
As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.
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