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Deschooling Our Lives

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A provocative, practical response to the crisis in our schools, this book argues boldly for replacing compulsory schooling with a wide variety of home, neighborhood, and community-based educational efforts. Hern examines how the day-to-day experience of school teaches subservience, deadens children's natural love of learning, undercuts their self-esteem, and limits indepen ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by New Society Publishers (first published December 1st 1995)
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Mar 18, 2009 Sonicage rated it really liked it
A decent group of essays describing why school sucks and how you can get a life of learning back.

Although, it is worth noting that notable authors in the book have since abandoned any hope of school reform altogether, one in particular became pointedly hostile toward the concept of any school.

That is to say, this is not a concrete manual, but an assemblage of ideas about education/learning.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book came into my life unexpectedly at a most opportune time. I cant even count how many inspiring reading sessions i shared with this book. The chapters are broken up into extremely manageable excerpts of 3-5 pages, each one packing punches in the face of our conventional wisdom about what schools should be. Over and over, i was reminded of my own academic struggles and disinterest as well as the times when i learned the most, willingly, usually on my own or with "teachers" of my choosing. ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
I enjoyed some of the articles more than others.
Jul 25, 2007 Gea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Interested in learning more about what 'deschooling' actually means
For those interested in learning the difference between home schooling and de schooling - this books is about de schooling. It is a very pro deschooling book and is made up of a variety of essays from a variety of individuals (including Gatto and Illich) -
A great book to introduce the concept of de schooling. Easy to read because of how book is divided.
Edited by a graduate of Goddard and some essays are from Goddard faculity.
Feb 24, 2009 Tiffanie rated it really liked it
This is a book that is changing my life already. I've always been disenchanted with schools, in a vague way, and this collection of essays has clarified my reasons and given me sight of a new way.
Mar 30, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
Such an excellent and important book. A wonderful starting point for education reform reading, self-directed learning, and an introduction to many unschooling and natural ed philosophies.
Jan 22, 2015 Calla rated it it was ok
Rather than a cohesive narrative, this is a series of essays on the ideas of de-schooling. Interesting pieces, but not what I expected.
Jun 16, 2011 Cori rated it liked it
I liked some essays better than others. I liked reading a new perspective on learning.
Jun 13, 2008 Wright rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
good overview of the Deschooling approach by some of its top advocates
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