Subtitle: Unschooling And Autonomy In Education
Genre: nonfiction, education
Length: 380 pages
Interest: It was linked to from at least one of the homeschooling blogs I read when it first came out. I picked it up for my Kindle when it when it was available for free. I’ve been reading a bunch of homeschooling books for inspiration this summer, and this one sounded interesting.
Summary: The book is a collection of interviews that have been transcribed into chapters. The interviews are broken into three sections. The first section attempts to describe self-directed/natural learning. In the second section, we see examples of people doing and providing and opportunity for self-directed learning. Finally, we have adults who were raised in an unschooling environment talk about their life past high school age.
Final thoughts: I found this book to be very informative, especially the last section which highlighted how the unschooling attitude works once you’re an adult. If you’ve every been curious about how unschooling/self-directed/natural learning actually works, this would be a helpful book for you. I was impressed I actually recognized a couple of the names (Gatto and Farenga). Each chapter ended with a bibliography of any resources referenced, so I added a book and several blogs to my reading list. I actually had to give up on taking notes and just start highlighting things because there was so many good quotes in the chapters.
Title comes from: Descriptive of the topic
Reading challenges fulfilled: 62/100 in my 100 Book Challenge
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