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"What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all."
John Holt

Alternative education exists in numerous forms and under many different names: homeschooling, unschooling, radical unschooling, family-based education, learning without schooling, home education, autonomous education, natural learning, democratic schools, free schools, free skool, not-school, and others.

See also:
Teens/Youth
Learning Resources

AHEd: Action for Home Education
Internet-based home educators group with a focus on the defence and advancement of home education rights and liberties and of fair and equal treatment of all home educators.

UPCOMING UNSCHOOLING CONFERENCES & CAMPS

AU: Camp with Wings
Camp Constable, Mount Glorious, Queensland, Australia
January 8-15, 2011

US: Uzoma Black Unschoolers Conference
Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia
March 4-6, 2011

US: The Life Rocks! Radical Unschooling Conference
North Conway, New Hampshire
April 11th - 15th, 2011

US: ARGH (Autodidactic Radical Gathering of Homeschoolers)
Tri-Cities Region, Tennessee
April 30 - May 4, 2011

US: Unschoolers' Waterpark Gatheringbr> Kalahari Indoor Waterpark Resort, Sandusky, Ohio
May 16-20, 2011

US: LIFE is Good NW Unschooling Conference
Red Lion at the Quay, Vancouver, Washington
May 26-29, 2011

US: Not Back to School Camp
Camp Latgawa, Eagle Point, Oregon
August 12-19, 2011

US: East Tennessee Unschooled Summer Camp
Buffalo Mountain Camp, Tennessee
August 14-21, 2011

US: Not Back to School Camp
Camp Myrtlewood, Bridge, Oregon
August 23 - September 6, 2011

US: Northeast Unschooling Conference
Sheraton Colonial, Wakefield, Massachusetts
August 25-26, 2011

US: Rethinking Everything
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
September 2-5, 2011

US: Good Vibrations
Doubletree Hotel San Diego/Del Mar, San Diego, California
September 8-11, 2011

US: Unschoolers Gathering of Ohio (UGO) Camp Out
Camp Akita, Hocking Hills, Ohio
Septembr 8-11, 2011

CA: Toronto Unschooling Conference
Ecology Retreat Centre, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
September 9-11, 2011

US: Not Back to School Camp
Farm & Wilderness Camp, Plymouth, Vermont
Session 1: September 19-26, 2011
Session 2: September 30 - October 7, 2011

AU: Australian Unschooling Conference
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia

October 28 - November 1, 2011

A to Z Home's Cool
Homeschooling community and portal site: chat, boards, events, articles, kids' sites, links to learning materials, support groups, ideas for educating teens, and laws worldwide. Also includes sample forms and transcripts.

College Without High School: A Teenage Guidebook
Blake Boles
College Without High School is a guidebook for teens who are bored, frustrated, or otherwise unsatisfied with the high school experience. In it you’ll learn how to define your dreams, replace school with adventure, and and still go to a top-choice college.

A Comparison of Traditional and Natural Learning
Kathleen McCurdy, Family Life Organization (FLO)

Education Otherwise (UK)
Support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children.

Freedom and Choice in Education (BC, Canada)
Freedom and Choice in Education (FACE) is a grassroots, non-sectarian association of British Columbia families who cherish the freedom that we have in this province to create our own educational paths.

Freedom to Learn Blog
Peter Gray | Psychology Today
The roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning

F.R.E.E. in NY
FREE (Families Restoring Educational Emancipation) in NY is a diverse coalition of families who believe that it is both their responsibility and their inalienable right as parents to direct the education of their children -- FREE -- from government oversight.

Frequently Questioned Answers About Homeschooling

Growing Without Schooling Archive
Growing Without Schooling was the work of John C. Holt and homeschooling's early pioneer families, now available online.

HEYC: Home Educated Youth Council
An independent voice for home educated youth in the UK. HEYC seeks to defend the rights of home educated children and young adults in the UK.

Home Education Forums (UK)
Bringing learning to life

Home Education Magazine
Homeschooling information, news, and views.

The Homeschool Venture Capital (VC) Fund is a scholarship founded by Not Found in School. The VC Fund seeks to empower teen homeschoolers with severely limited financial means to accomplish their largest dreams or goals.

Homeschoolers Against Tax Credits
Facebook
"Whereas legislators are considering tax breaks for homeschoolers; and Whereas a homeschool group representing a fraction of the community lobbies for said tax breaks; our representatives need to know the true feelings of the homeschooling community."

Homeschooling and Its Many Faces

Home Schooling: A Happy Exit from High School
Megan Moss | AlterNet.org

Homeschooling Freethinkers
Homeschooling Freethinkers supports the international non-religious homeschool community, which includes secular humanist, atheist, agnostic, freethinking, rationalist, and skeptic homeschoolers. What is a freethinker? According to Wikipedia, "freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science and logic and not be influenced by emotion, authority, tradition, or any dogma. The cognitive application of freethought is known as freethinking, and practitioners of freethought are known as freethinkers."

For more about Free Schools see:
Free schools (Wikipedia)
Currambena Primary & Preschool (Lane Cove, NSW)
Free Skool Santa Cruz (CA)
Village Free School (Portland, OR)
How Free is Your School? A Visit to the Portland Freeskool
Cody Sisco | AlterNet.org

HUUmans On The Web
The Webpage for Unitarian Universalist Homeschoolers and Kindred Spirits.

John Holt: Common Objections to Homeschooling
Excerpt from Teach Your Own: A Hopeful Path for Education (1981).

International Freedom in Education Day
The aim of IFED is to promote the importance of free choice concerning the type of education that your family chooses and to spread information about alternative ways of learning that are available or are being fought for in various countries.

Jon's Homeschool Resource Page
Neutral, non-commercial homeschooling information since 1994.

Learn in Freedom!
How and why to learn in freedom, with or without school.

The Life Rocks! Radical Unschooling Conference
North Conway, New Hampshire
April 11th - 15th, 2011
We are on the cusp of change. Children are finally being recognized as the whole, perfect people that they are. Tides are turning, and a new chapter in humanity is beginning. Join us and be part of the Revolution!

National Home Education Legal Defense
Seeks to protect and defend the rights of families who wish to educate in freedom.

The Natural Child Project
Articles on Learning page.

PatFarenga.com
Unconventional ideas for teaching and learning.

Pestalozzi Trust
Legal defence fund for home education in South Africa.

Resisting the Culture of Schooling
Highlights various ways in which people are creatively struggling against dehumanizing and exploitative education and development/globalization.

Rise Against Terrible Schools
People from all over the world who are either trying to do something to change schools for the better, or helping people to start unschooling/homeschooling.

Schooling Yourself
Elizabeth Milne Kahn | AlterNet.org
An unschooler writes about a growing movement of teens interested in learning outside a classroom, all the while looking closer at assumptions about learning and the politics of education.

Schoolhouse (Scotland)
Schoolhouse provides independent information and support for parents/carers and young people who are starting out on the home-education path, as well as those who are contemplating the idea or who just want to know more.

Secular Homeschooling Magazine
Secular Homeschooling is a non-religious quarterly magazine that reflects the diversity of the homeschooling community. Its readers and writers are committed to the idea that religious belief is a personal matter rather than a prerequisite of homeschooling.

The Teenage Liberation Handbook:
How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
Grace Llewellyn

The Teenage Liberation Handbook | Grace Llewellyn
'Your life, time, and brain should belong to you, not an institution. This Handbook is for everyone who has ever gone to school, but it is especially a book for teenagers and people with teenagers in their lives. You'll read:
- good reasons to think about quitting school
- how to reclaim your natural ability to learn and teach yourself
- how to get your parents' support, keep your friends, and stay out of legal trouble
-how to design a personalized education you can get excited about
- how to go to college without going to high school
- how to find volunteer positions, apprenticeships, and other work opportunities
- how other unschooled teenagers live and learn.' More...

Unschool Adventures
Unschool Adventures designs and leads innovative trips, both domestic and international, for independent teenagers.

Unschooling FAQ

Unschooling Rules
Clark Aldrich
50 observations from homeschoolers and unschoolers that can be used to simplify all childhood learning and evolve the Industrial Education Complex

Zero Tuition College
Your Guide to Replacing College with Self-Directed Learning

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