Spike in Number of Homeschoolers due to COVID 19

https://news.gallup.com/poll/317852/parents-satisfaction-child-education-slips.aspx Highlights from the Gallup Poll: -Parent satisfaction with schooling dropped 10 percentage points, to 72 percent -Percentage of those homeschooling has doubled – to 10 percent of U.S. families *this uptick is most likely due to COVID-19 and the current remote schooling situation, but this is a statistic to watch.


Today, I attended a really interesting ASDE researcher meeting focused on The Summerhill School (http://www.summerhillschool.co.uk/asneill.php). One thing I didn’t think about regarding Summerhill is that it is a boarding school – and so the freedom and autonomy that happens within education also happens easily within a student’s everyday life. Interestingly, Summerhill has created a CommunityContinue reading “Summerhill”

Willed Learning (or Unschooling) and Art/SEL

Kharazmi, L. (2020). Willed learning and art as a way for young people to express their feelings. Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning, 14 (28). The author of this article homeschooled her son through COVID 19, and decided to switch to a more willed learning, or unschooling type approach. She documents this time through journalingContinue reading “Willed Learning (or Unschooling) and Art/SEL”

(Un)fixing Education

Kuntz, A.M. & Petrovic, J.E. (2017). (Un)fixing Education. Studies in Philosophy of Education, 37, 65 – 80. In this philosophical article, Kuntz and Petrovic introduce the concept of unschooling as a possible panacea to fix the broken spaces of school. They see school as an extended bureaucratic process, one that is fixed on a currentContinue reading “(Un)fixing Education”

Unschooling Motherhood

Reference: von Benzon, Nadia (2020). Unschooling motherhood: Caring and belonging in mothers’ time-space. Gender, Place, and Culture. Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0966369X.2020.1784100 In this article, von Benzon reviews the life worlds of unschooling mothers, reviewing 14 blogs authored by unschooling moms residing in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K. The author highlighted three main findings: Unschooling was a “Time –Continue reading “Unschooling Motherhood”