I LOVE the ideas and general message of this book. It's very inspirational and makes the radical unschooling lifestyle seem very natural and doable. D...moreI LOVE the ideas and general message of this book. It's very inspirational and makes the radical unschooling lifestyle seem very natural and doable. Dayna is a great inspiration to me and I think this book should be read by as many parents as possible.
That said, I have a few constructive criticisms. First and really foremost, this book NEEDS a better editor. There were quite a few spelling mistakes that caught my eye and some punctuation that needs to be cleaned up. This isn't a blog - it's a published document and needs to be professional to be taken seriously by many people. I would hate for people to disregard the important messages contained within because of poor editing.
My husband is having trouble reading this book as a result. We're both fairly well-trained writers (in terms of spelling, punctuation, editing) and it is sometimes painful to get through some of the writing. I wanted to take a red pen to it - NOT because I disagreed with the message/content, but because I wanted to it be more clearly stated, more eloquently delivered! I wanted to add semi-colons and rearrange some of the statements for better flow.
I would love to see more published by Dayna - I just hope that next time she gets more people to preview her work and offer suggestions/corrections.(less)
I really loved this book. We are just now wrapping our minds around the ideas presented by radical unschooling and this book is the perfect starting p...moreI really loved this book. We are just now wrapping our minds around the ideas presented by radical unschooling and this book is the perfect starting point for parents interested in learning more. The format is really excellent, too - it's written as a series of questions/problems and answers and most don't exceed 2 pages. This is a boon for busy parents who can catch a few minutes here and there to read and get interrupted frequently. I admit that sometimes I felt like her two kids represent the platonic ideal of children, but I was able to get past that feeling and get at the underlying wisdom she was offering. Highly recommended.(less)