Unschooling

An Honor for Azalea

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Awards, Azalea, Unschooled, Unschooling | 0 comments

An Honor for Azalea

I am very proud to announce that OCEAR (Oxford County Educators Association Retirees), a group of retired educators in Oxford County, Maine, has selected Azalea, Unschooled as part of its Maine Books for Maine Kids program. A member of the organization says: We developed our book project 10 years ago when we realized that our county libraries were lacking children’s books by Maine authors. We call our project, “Maine Books for Maine Kids”. Members from the different communities throughout Oxford County deliver the books to the 25 libraries in the county. We are pleased to have...

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See ya in Korea, Azalea

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Azalea, Unschooled, Unschooling | 0 comments

See ya in Korea, Azalea

My editor at Islandport Press has given me some good news: Azalea is going to be sold in South Korea! The book has already been sent off to translators. I am very curious as to how it will translate, both literally and conceptually. From what I’ve fished off the internet, homeschooling is legal only for expats in Korea. Children with two Korean parents are legally obligated to attend school until age 15. And formal schooling is highly valued in Korean culture. So the concept of unschooling, I imagine, is something of a...

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Summer Reading

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Azalea, Unschooled, Unschooling | 0 comments

Summer Reading

I was very happy to see Azalea, Unschooled on the Maine summer reading shelf at my local branch of the Portland Public Library. There’s something about summer and Maine…summer in general, I guess. It seems like a lot of kids’ books take place during the summer because it’s the time when the rules of ordinary life, the school year rules, are suspended. Funny that a lot of my book takes place in summer, even though it is about unschoolers, kids for whom the school year rules are always suspended. Maybe I just couldn’t get out of my conventional-schooling mindset,...

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For the Love of Learning

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Azalea, Unschooled, Events, Unschooling | 0 comments

For the Love of Learning

Thanks to Lainie Liberti, host of the alternative education movement webcast For the Love of Learning, for having me as a panelist on her show about unschooling fiction writers. Lainie invites a panel of guests to take on a different topic each week. Recently, she gathered several writers who have written fiction about unschooling. Sheila Baranoski, Kristi Howe, Nicole Olson, Crispin Bateman and I all talked about our experiences as authors. While the others are all active unschoolers and unschool advocates, I had the distinction of being the only author approaching the topic as an...

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“The Guardian” Looks at Unschooling

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled, Unschooling | 0 comments

As the parent of a conventionally-schooled child, and the author of Azalea, Unschooled, a novel that explores the life of an unschooled child, I’ve thought a lot about the limits and potentials of different types of education. The British newspaper The Guardian today takes an interesting look at the unschooling movement, exploring both pros and cons of an entirely child-driven educational experience. Read the article...

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Elizabeth Bennet, Unschooled

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Unschooling | 4 comments

Elizabeth Bennet, Unschooled

Elizabeth Bennet, heroine of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, was, by the standards of her day, unschooled. The daughter of a gentleman could usually expect a governess, or at least a watchful mother, to teach her the skills considered necessary to land a husband. According to Margaret C. Sullivan’s The Jane Austen Handbook, a young lady might be taught by her parents until she was ten or so. After that, a governess was hired, or, in some cases, the girl was sent off to school. Girls who remained at home with a governess might have had their studies supplemented by visiting...

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