Archive for January, 2007

11th Jan 2007

Some Books on Unschooling

How Children Learn by John Holt (rev. 1995, Perseus Publishing)

Learning All the Time by John Holt (reprint 1990, Addison Wesley
Publishing Company)

Instead of Education by John Holt (reprint 2004, Sentient Publications)

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling by John Holt and
Patrick Farenga (rev. 2003, Perseus Publishing)

The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn

The Unprocessed Child: Living Without School by Valerie Fitzenreiter

Challenging Assumptions in Education by Wendy Priesnitz (2000, The
Alternate Press)

The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith (1998, Teacher’s
College Press)

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John
Taylor Gatto (rev. 2002, New Society Publishers)

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s
Classroom by Mary Griffith (1998, Prima)

Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans,
A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn (1999, Mariner Books)

Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don’t Go to School by Grace Llewellyn
(1993, Lowry House)

In Their Own Way by Thomas Armstrong (rev. 2000, Jeremy P. Tarcher)

Better Than School: One Family’s Declaration of Independence by Nancy
Wallace (1983, Larson Publications)

Child’s Work: Taking Children’s Choices Seriously by Nancy Wallace
(1990, Holt Associates)

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich (1971, Harper & Row)

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11th Jan 2007

Gel Bracelets for Unschoolers

New Gel Bracelets for Unschoolers: What’s your unschooling style?
* Black: Hard Core Holt devotee
* Blue: AP parent
* Green: Eclectic Unschooling Type
* Clear: TCS parent
* Orange: Eats cake for breakfast
* Yellow: Reading Llewellyn
* Red: No television in the house
* Purple: Television on 24/7
* Silver: Making the switch–deschooling
* White: Trying to incorporate Kohn
* Pink: 12 year old still not interested in reading
* Gold glitter: Have read everything by Gatto
* Brown: Minion of The Sandra
* Glow in the dark: FU member

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11th Jan 2007

Things to Read Before Beginning Junior High

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
The Chocolate War (Robert Cormier)

Carrie (Stephen King)

Blubber (Judy Blume)

The Hundred Dresses (Eleanor Estes)

Harrison Bergeron (Kurt Vonnegut)

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (Ursula K. LeGuin)

–and watch Heathers, Mean Girls, and the Breakfast Club.

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05th Jan 2007

I sent my first S2K Package!

I’ll post the pics soon . . . though I’m a bit disturbed that the colours in the picture (bright) don’t reflect the colour of the yarn (subdued).  I tried with and without flash . . . but no banana.

I hope my downstream buddy likes the yarn.  (fingers crossed).

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02nd Jan 2007

Little Hotties

Is there a way to discuss good images for one group without demonifying another group? (I don’t think there is, at least, not since the 90s).

Tall, thin, blonde, blue-eyed Caucasians with long noses are as much a happenstance of birth as any other demographic. (I have a friend who grew up in Liberia, mercilessly teased by the other children that his mother didn’t love him because she pulled his nose into its rather Romanesque point rather than do what Liberian mothers do and smooth it flat and wide and beautiful like theirs. But it’s not like he had any more choice of nose than my daughter does).

The New Yorker recently ran a piece called Little Hotties about the rise of the Bratz . . . and their successes against Barbie . . . but it strikes me that a “sassy” doll is still a “sassy” doll, no matter name or pigment combination.

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