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Archive for July, 2009

Freedom, Healing, and Unschooling

Eli Gerzon talks about how he used the freedom he had with unschooling/homeschooling when he left school, to do all kinds of emotional and spiritual healing work. We can’t have freedom or be free if we have wounds that need tending to. He refers to the website Family Healing Institute, by Venus Taylor an African-American, unschooling/homeschooling mom in Boston. Eli Gerzon quotes Venus Taylor and expresses his own gratitude and thanks to all who have helped them heal.

Welcoming Diversity at Unschooling Conferences

Eli Gerzon writes about welcoming diversity at unschooling conference and into the unschooling scene as a whole. Examples are given of seeming racism against African-American unschoolers was shown at the Northeast Unschooling Conference in Massachusetts, in 2008 and at the Rethinking Education Conference in Texas in 2008. Unschooling advocate Erika Davis-Pitre, an African-American unschooling advocate’s session on diversity is referred to. There is a need to put special attention and effort on trusting and welcoming diversity, people who appear different that will have the same sort of amazing results as trusting has had in other areas of unschooling.

Homeschooling, Unschooling, and Diversity

Eli Gerzon addresses how homeschooling, unschooling, and worldschooling, with the freedom, trust, and empowerment they grant has been proven to “improve academic performance and reduce impact of socio-economic factors”. The recent incident of racial profiling against African American Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is referenced in relation to the continued presence of racism. Still, there is a lack of diversity at homeschooling and unschooling gatherings despite the growing numbers of diverse people homeschooling.

Stranger in a Strange Land Newsletter: July 2009

In his Stranger in a Strange Land Newsletter: July 2009, Eli Gerzon talks about the Worldschool Travels tour of Japan in November which will include a group of five homeschooler/unschoolers/worldschoolers from around the country. He had a vision of a bird or phoenix coming out of a shell last year now he’s out of that shell, in his new skin, and trying to shine his light through his Tweets on Twitter, on Facebook, and on his blog here.

John Steinbeck Quotes – Travels with Charley: In Search of America

A book can be a very good companion while travelling. Here are some quotes from Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck which I read on my trip around Central America this spring. The book is about Steinbeck travelling around the U.S. with his companion, a French poodle named “Charley”,  in 1961 […]

My Unschooling and Trust Journey

In my last post I talked about how trust is key in unschooling. To learn to be free we need to trust ourselves even if things start out rough, and they certainly did when I started unschooling! “Decompression” is what unschoolers call it when you start unschooling and “do nothing” for awhile. My first several […]

Unschooling and Trust

“Unschooling is about trust.” This is what I often hear unschoolers say. Sometimes I put it this way: “Unschooling is about having confidence in freedom, or free people’s ability to guide their own lives.” The most basic meaning of unschooling is to homeschool without using a pre-packaged curriculum and instead the students follows their own […]

Unschooler Peter Kowalke Interview about College

Eli Gerzon interviews Peter Kowalke creator of the Grown Without Schooling (2001) documentary about ten grown homeschoolers/grown unschoolers. He discusses his traumatic time at college and the challenges of being an unschooler in a schooled society.

Links to Successful Unschoolers

Links to websites and blogs by homeschoolers and unschoolers who are successfully running their own businesses thanks in part to their homeschooling and unschooling background.