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Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom by [Kerry McDonald, Peter Gray]
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Kerry McDonald is an education policy writer whose articles have appeared in Forbes, Newsweek, Reason, Education Next, City Journal, and Natural Mother and Green Child magazines and on NPR, among others. She has a BA in economics from Bowdoin College, a master'Äôs degree in education from Harvard University, and is a board member at the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. The mother of four never-been-schooled children, she blogs at and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Peter Gray, Ph.D., is a research professor in Boston College'Äôs Department of Psychology.

Lesa Lockford is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. She teaches courses in voice for the actor, dialects, acting, and performance studies. She is also a writer and performer. Before becoming a teacher, she was a professional actor in Great Britain, where she appeared in a variety of roles in television, film, and on the stage. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.


"Unschooled manages to offer everything: a coherent history lesson, fascinating profiles, an explanation of how self-directed learning works, and an overview of innovative programs, all delivered in a lively, encouraging voice." --Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook and Guerrilla Learning

"Kerry McDonald is leagues ahead of the rest of the education reform community. This book demonstrates why. McDonald's robust evidence of high-quality education without schooling forces us to consider something that makes everyone feel very uncomfortable: our system of compulsory schooling may do more harm than good." --Corey DeAngelis, author of Doing More with Less and The School Choice Voucher

"This book is a reassuring read that not only delves into the history of unschooling, but also practical advice on how it can be implemented." --Book Riot

"Kerry McDonald's Unschooled is a remarkable overview of the growing grassroots movement away from institutionalized education and toward self-directed learning in our homes and communities." --Patrick Farenga, author of Teach Your Own and publisher of Growing Without Schooling magazine and

"This book makes a compelling case for giving kids back their brains, time, curiosity, drive--and joy!" --Lenore Skenazy, president of Let Grow and founder of Free-Range Kids

"This well-researched, inspiring book clearly demonstrates that self-directed education supports each person's innate curiosity and drive to learn. While the form it takes is unique to the individual, experience shows it typically fosters confidence, community engagement, and an abiding love of learning. Hope is right here in these pages." --Laura Grace Weldon, author of Free Range Learning

"Whether you're currently unschooling, curious about unschooling, or simply know that something's not right with the institutionalized educational model, Kerry McDonald's Unschooled is an invaluable resource. To read it is to realize just how rich education can be." --Ben Hewitt, author of Home Grown

"A fascinating read, filled with insights." --Reason Podcast on Reason Online

"An impressively informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking study." --Midwest Book Review

"There's benefit for almost anyone in America reading this...Unschooled is easily one of the best books I've read this decade." --Titus 2 Homemaker

"Unschooled is a wonderful book, enviably balanced between rock-solid data and warm-hearted stories about real families and real young people who have flourished outside our country's factory-inspired school systems. It's not the first book to see how bright and interesting the world can be outside the soiled--and, these days, often barred--windows of America's schools, but it's fresh, convincing, and clearly written." --Robert Epstein, PhD, senior research psychologist, American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, and author of Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File Size : 2316 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press (7 May 2019)
  • Print Length : 275 pages
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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