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Grant Schultz
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Yeah Matt!

I wish I had known unschooling was an option when I was young lad. How can you raise awareness amongst students that are enrolled in public schools that they have other options, even amidst unsupportive parents or current school administration that wishes to retain the student?

e.g. How can we reach great young minds that they can GET OUT, educate themselves stigma-free, and continue on their life's journey in academic or professional life!
 
Matt Powers
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Ah yes, how do we actually liberate the self? Love it Grant!!!

I think we need to empower children with their knowledge of nature by having them be the force for positive change. When we empower children, we find that they quickly overwhelm us: GOOD. Let them; let us make room for them at the table & let them engage in the talk of the day. Children are pre-adults; history has shown time and time again that great men and women find greatness early on & recent neuroscience is proving that ALL are potential geniuses & ALL are potentially great.

I created an idea for a new kind of school & really a new kind of locus for a town called the Library School about a year ago.
http://teacherpowers.blogspot.com/2014/11/schools-need-to-be-libraries-with.html
 
Erica Wisner
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If you're looking to reach kids in public schools, then you need a 'third space' outside of the school environment where they can meet kids who are doing things the other way.
It's not easy for a kid to 'unschool' without family support, so it could make a big difference to just gently open their minds to see what other families are doing, and meet some wonderful kids who are doing things that way and turning out great.

I used to work with TrackersEARTH, which ran both homeschooling and school-break and after-school programs, and was a great place for kids to explore together while meeting others not from their school.
Other places that might sponsor activities where kids can meet up in a productive, self-guided-learning atmosphere include libraries, after-school clubs, scouting, 4-H, church groups, etc.
These activities have the plus that they are great college-prep or career-prep and feel very comfortable to parents, yet with the right adult leadership they can heavily feature self-guided learning activities, hands-on or service-based learning, etc.

If you are an upstanding citizen who can pass a background check, many such youth activity groups welcome adult volunteers who can add new skills or just a listening ear and mentoring perspective to these activities. You could offer to chaperone a fishing trip, teach a gardening or food-foraging session, help with a merit badge, or whatever skills and opportunities are easiest for you to offer.

-Erica
 
Matt Powers
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I whole-heartedly agree that public education is setup to prevent genuine learning & life learner building opportunities!!

Real learning can only happen often outside the government mandated education system.

We have to make that space available for kids!!

MP
 
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