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Unschooling Rules: 55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know about Schools and Rediscover Education

Unschooling Rules Ways to Unlearn What We Know about Schools and Rediscover Education While most schools continue to resist change homeschooling families are abandoning the K system and rediscovering what childhood education means They are identifying new methods and goals that are

  • Title: Unschooling Rules: 55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know about Schools and Rediscover Education
  • Author: Clark Aldrich
  • ISBN: 9781608321162
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • While most schools continue to resist change, homeschooling families are abandoning the K 12 system and rediscovering what childhood education means They are identifying new methods and goals that are powerful, born of common sense, and incompatible with today s schools The author, education expert Clark Aldrich, has explored the cultures and practices of homeschoolers aWhile most schools continue to resist change, homeschooling families are abandoning the K 12 system and rediscovering what childhood education means They are identifying new methods and goals that are powerful, born of common sense, and incompatible with today s schools The author, education expert Clark Aldrich, has explored the cultures and practices of homeschoolers and unschoolers He has distilled a list of rules that shake the foundations of national education to its core.

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    1. I have actually read this book a few times now. It really lends itself to quick reading. Short chapters that often build on one another with enough writing to encourage thought and discussion but without the overwhelming technical speak of education books. As a teacher who also just went through the graduate phase of my career, Mr. Aldrich gives much food for thought that is current with on-going debates in education on how to make learning meaningful and authentic for learners. Unschooling Rule [...]

    2. Ugh, this author has an ego the size of Alaska. While he makes some valid (and obvious) points about the need for allowing students time and freedom to explore their own interests and learning styles, he spends so much time talking down his nose at educators that the only result can be to increase the antagonism between parents and schools. Meanwhile, his level of privilege-blindness is staggering. Who, exactly, are these parents who can afford to stay home from work every day to "unschool" thei [...]

    3. This book is an incendiary bomb aimed at US educational system, but as a teacher in Norway (where home schooling is practically forbidden) most of the descriptions felt painfully relevant. The system IS broken, and its pathology is painfully accurately outlined here. The book is very short and to the point, and this is why some parts seem slightly underdeveloped (special needs and social/class differences are basically ignored). On the other hand there's no reason why anyone concerned with educa [...]

    4. Less a book than a glorified pamphlet. If you're more of a "Well-Trained Mind" parent, this is not the book for you. Truthfully he lost me at: a spellchecker frees us up from memorization and thus, spelling tests. Really? He also doesn't seem to believe in the reading of classics and instead encourages Internet reads, material that is more relevant, current. Don't take tests, see how many followers you can get on Twitter because that will gauge your knowledge and skill. His philosophy goes a lit [...]

    5. This was an easy and quick reference style book. I enjoyed how short the chapters were and although the author has an obviously big ego, there were plenty of things that he wrote which made me think differently about the subjects. I never would have pondered many of the items his opinion brought up and some of them I still not agree with. However, I did enjoy looking at things from a different perspective and several of the chapters have made me begun my own research. I recommend it to anyone, n [...]

    6. Aphoristic, sometimes cliché. Many great theories, but the real work is in the implementation. As a teacher about to join a school with this unschooling philosophy at heart, I wish there were fewer platitudes and more real-world examples.

    7. A very easy read offering ideas on how to best educate children. You may not agree with everything contained within. It doesn't offer much in terms of academic research to back most of its claims. That said from my perspective the ideas offered are intriguing alternatives to the industrialized approach to public (and most private) school education.

    8. This is a very short read. I wanted to like it more than I did. Some of the ideas in it I heartily agreed with, but others I just didn't. Mostly this seems like a book of ideas designed to stir the pot to get people thinking about education and what it should be. Most of these ideas would need a fair amount of fleshing out to figure out how you would incorporate it into a real education (or school). It is worth reading for the sake of pondering education and how it might be better or different t [...]

    9. I literally read this book (more of a pamphlet, really) in 20 minutes.I have no idea why he invested the time, money, and effort publishing it as a book; he should have put it out on the web as an e-book.It's fine for as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far.He's writing as an expert who has studied these issued deeply, yet all he's published here are his bottom-line conclusions with no supporting evidence or research, no depth, very little explanation.As a long-time homeschooling father and fer [...]

    10. Meh. I don't disagree, but I don't totally agree either. This book states that there are many things children need to learn that aren't taught in school. I agree, but I don't think the school should be teaching them, it's the family's job, or the church's, or it's the kids job to just figure out some truths on their own. I didn't even finish the book, it just didn't appeal to me. "You don't have to go to school to get an education, " but I didn't learn that tidbit from school.

    11. The surely well-meaning author bandies around the most annoying word in education, "should." This word does not require evidence, research, or even polling. The kinds of items that provide support from a broad set of information. "Should," is just one person's like experience, which as we know is flawed.Occasionally, in this list of platitudes Clark hits on something that may have merit. His style of no substance and weird chapter design lead me to easily discount it.

    12. There really wasn't any new information presented in this book, but it did serve to help me focus back on what our actual goals for education are. Love of learning and exposure to as much as possible are what we consider truly important; and I had gotten off that track in the last year or so. This was a great book to start off the year with and we'll start making the shift back to child-directed learning now.

    13. Much of what Clark Aldrich writes in Unschooling Rules is incredibly spot-on, precise and a refreshing breath of fresh air. He has many excellent suggestions for improving the archaic public school education system. Great insight for public schoolers, home schoolers/unschoolers, parents, teachers or anyone else interested in gaining new perspective on education.

    14. Super fast read (about an hour). Mr. Aldrich is insightful and dead on in his summation of the public school system. He doesn't only highlight the problems, he provides "doable" solutions. It's obvious his primary concern is that children incorporate learning into everything they do and for it to be viewed as a gift, instead of curse.

    15. Though, this book would appeal more to Unschoolers, I think that Non Unschoolers could benefit from this book. It is an easy read of 55 tips of thinking outside the box. Full of great ideas and worth having a copy to reference now and then as reminders.

    16. This book offered some good thoughts and motivation. Simple and easy to read, offered me direction in a time of doubt.

    17. Short, concise, simple, yet thoughtful and profound. I am an educator and I will be returning to this book again and again. While reading, I actually could recall some of the misery, terror, and shame of my own childhood educational experience vividly, as Aldrich enumerated some of the methods schooling uses to "teach" children. I think it's entirely possible that my emotionally-miserable childhood education, in what was considered a "first rate" school district, eradicated any desire I might ha [...]

    18. AddictiveHaving the last sentence of each chapter directly connected with the one after was not only entertaining but addictive, very well written. I would recommend this book for anyone involved in teaching in the traditional school system and looking for a way to break the mold or a parent interested in their kids education.

    19. This is a quick reference book for those who are looking for a DO's and Don'ts of educating children. It opens your eyes to exactly what is going wrong with the education system. It also give points to parents on how they can make this experience better for their children. It is super easy to go through and revisit any time. Loved how simple yet profound it is.

    20. This book came highly recommended, but I actually didn't like it. The author didn't seem to know what he was talking about and most of the time, didn't back up what he was saying. I will say, there were some redeeming parts where he did share some important ideas about education and what is best for the child.

    21. This is a fun, quick read if you are interested in unschooling, homeschooling and the like. If you are already well versed in alternative education, it won't be telling you much you don't already know. But if you are just starting to looking into it, it's a wonderful start.I say this as it was the first book I read on alternative schooling, and it was just the right simple introduction to the subject.

    22. Some of his ideas are interesting, many are dumb, and none are supported with evidence. This is a very lazy book.

    23. Awesome!Quick and easy read. Loved his point of view! Recommend to anyone interested in homeschooling or education. A real eye opener

    24. Good starting point for critical thinking Although the author doesn't go too deeply into each of his theories, I feel he leaves space for formulating your own opinion, prompting your own research. So clear, thought provoking and no-nonsense. A fresh, analytical look at the need for educational reform. I will re-read this book often and would recommended to anyone that is considering homeschooling or anyone that wants to promote change in our educational system. The only thing I'm not wild about [...]

    25. This was a quick read. The chapters are extremely short. I found myself agreeing with Aldrich quite a lot and I was challenged in many places. It has given this teacher much to think about.

    26. A decent, quick read for unschooling ideas and the inefficiency of public schooling. I especially loved his idea of traveling and exploring areas around you're home within an hours drive. Aldrich highly recommends embracing technology for teaching such as advocating the use of video and computer games in school curriculum and using spread sheets to do most math functions and the free use of social media in homeschooling. He has been on several educational technology business ventures and boards [...]

    27. This is a great introduction to unschooling. It's not a step-by-step manual but rather a series of manifestos to help the parent or educator understand the principles of unschooling. There's a lovely anecdote in the foreword by Jeff Sandefer which captures the unease that I, too, felt as a parent assessing traditional education. I won't give it away but it's worth reading because of the emotional connection it can make to both parent and teacher. As a parent, I have a few bullets to work on (whi [...]

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