The Parental Intelligence Newsletter


August 2008


Hi, this is Bob Collier inviting you to 'explore the psychology of happy and successful parenting', connect with bright minds, discover new ideas and sail outside the mainstream for a while without running aground.

All that and more.

In this month's issue of the Parental Intelligence Newsletter there are links to 23 articles and 29 notices and items of news. As always, I trust you will find in my latest collection of parenting, education and personal development ideas and information from around the internet something that will make a positive difference to your life - and, through you, to the lives of your children.

Please scroll down to pick and choose whatever is of interest and useful to you.

Thank you for being here! I appreciate this opportunity to be of help to you in your parenting adventure and wish you all the happiness and success you would wish yourself.

See you next month!

Bob


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Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Liberating Parents

A new and different parenting book from Australian NLP Consultant and Life Coach Keith Gilbert.

"... this is what Liberating Parents is all about.  It is training for parents so that you can learn the essential processes for creating, maintaining and enjoying mental and emotional health and wellbeing. And when you have these skills and use them on a daily basis then you become a model for your children of a balanced, creative and free individual… which is exactly what you want for your children!"

My favourite parenting book ever

Invest in a copy of Liberating Parents at Lulu.com
or
Visit Keith Gilbert's Neuro Linguistic Parents website for more information about Liberating Parents, about his other books and his parenting workshops and to learn more about NLP

Join my Facebook group Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Liberating Parents
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ARTICLE LINKS


Midwives hope for fruits from their labour, naturally
by Terra Sword

Darren Mattock was so moved by the birth of his son Charlie and the "phenomenal" level of care he and his partner received from Wollongbar's Natural Birth & Education Research Centre that he's become a volunteer.

Darren said that despite struggling financially, he and his partner didn't baulk at the $3,300 fee because they wanted the best start in life for their son. But he believes if the service was less expensive, more women could make the choice to birth naturally and thus relieve pressure on an already over-crowded hospital system.

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Natural Childbirth Choices in Costa Rica
by Wendi Patrick

In July of 2004, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy boy at my home in Costa Rica.

It was a truly natural experience - no medication, no hospitals, not even electricity (though that last one was not actually by choice!). I was attended by a midwife and doula, as well as my husband, who was able to "catch" our son as he was born and later cut his cord.

After the baby was delivered, he stayed in my arms while the midwife checked him, and my husband, son and I soon slept soundly together - at least for a few hours!

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Thank you for that item to Trish at tinygrass


Just a mum?
by Pinky McKay

Last week at playgroup with grandbaby Griffin, one of the mums was rather upset. Over dinner the night before, a supposedly close friend - single and childless - had seriously put her down by saying, "you wouldn't know the stress of working full time."  The dinner guest also went on to berate parents at her company for not taking their 'work' seriously because, "they are racing out the door at 5.30pm."

The playgroup mum has two small children and has put aside a corporate career to be a home maker and mother. She works part time around her little ones in a home based business but is frustrated at the lack of respect for the job she is doing raising two happy, healthy children and running a home. She says, if I mention my part time business, even my family ask, "so how much are you making?"  They don't value what I do because they can't see the dollar signs.   

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Can you give your baby too much attention?
by Pinky McKay

I had taken a family - mum dad and baby - to an antenatal class to demonstrate baby massage to the pregnant parents. As this gorgeous little three month old chuckled with glee, holding out her tiny leg for a massage, one of the expectant fathers asked, "does this mean she will be 'high maintenance' later on?"

Although I jokingly deflected his question, I realized a few comments later that there was already a fear among the group about creating bad habits and 'spoiling' babies by giving them too much attention. Sadly, I also meet many new parents who feel they need to justify their actions or seek approval because their babies need help to settle or love to be held lots. For many parents, it seems that this fear of 'bad habits' is clouding the joy of being with their babies.

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Exposed: 3 Myths About Becoming A Parent
by Peter Clemens

It's the news that is guaranteed to change everything: you're going to be a parent.

It's funny how extremely different the reaction to this news will be depending on the person hearing it. For some, this is fantastic news and caps off months, even years, of "trying". For others, this is the news they dread. They have big plans for their life, and it certainly doesn't involve kids (at least not for the next few years). I was given the unexpected news that I was to become a father on my 24th birthday (what a present!). My reaction was that of the person filled with dread - this was not what I wanted!

It's amazing, though, how perspectives can change with time.

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Expect to Be a Happy Parent
by Ronit Baras

One major difference I see between happy parents and unhappy parents is in the gap between their expectations and the fulfillment of their expectations. Basically, if your expectations are high and are not fulfilled, you will be disappointed and unhappy, but if most of your expectations are fulfilled, you will be satisfied and happy.

Expectations are one important factor of happiness. Byron Katie does some wonderful work (she even calls it "The Work") on how our expectations can make us miserable if they do not match reality ...

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The Value of a Good Tantrum
by Julianne Idleman

Last weekend, somewhere between the collards and the spinach, the peaceful plodding of putting in our Fall garden went wrong and I got really grumpy with my husband, Tom.  One minute we were chatting over seedlings and the next I was feeling wronged and misunderstood.  After some less than helpful squabbling, Tom, brilliant man that he is, took a deep breath, looked right at me, and said, "OK, tell me all of it."

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Play Nice
by Simon Rich

If adults were subjected to the same indignities as children . . .

PARTY

Zoe: Dad, I'm throwing a party tonight, so you'll have to stay in your room. Don't worry, though-one of my friends brought over his father for you to play with. His name is Comptroller Brooks and he's roughly your age, so I'm sure you'll have lots in common. I'll come check on you in a couple of hours. (Leaves.)

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Thank you for that item to the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)


Why education is so difficult and contentious
by Kieran Egan

This article proposes to explain why education is so difficult and contentious by arguing that educational thinking draws on only three fundamental ideas - that of socializing the young, shaping the mind by a disciplined academic curriculum, and facilitating the development of students' potential. All educational positions are made up of various mixes of these ideas. The problems we face in education are due to the fact that each of these ideas is significantly flawed and also that each is incompatible in basic ways with the other two. Until we recognize these basic incompatibilities we will be unable adequately to respond to the problems we face.

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Thank you for that item to Cocking A Snook


This is why we have so few laptop initiatives in Oklahoma
by Wesley Fryer

I had a conversation this evening with a professor from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) that broke my heart.

As you may know, OC along with Abilene Christian University down in Texas are among the first colleges in the United States to implement initiatives which involve ALL students in entering classes purchasing and using either Apple iPhones or iPod Touches. When I learned this professor taught at OC, I enthusiastically said, "Wow, you're going to have all your students bring iPhones to class this year!" His response was:

   
Boy I sure hope not. I have a tough enough time having them keep their laptops closed all the time during class.

I almost passed out on the spot, but I was torn by a simultaneous urge to weep.

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Reading Despite Teaching (or, How the Hulk Led Me to Hamlet)
by Clay Burell

I was born to a middle class family of Tennessee and Alabama origins, and raised in a house with few books (okay, we had a family Bible on dusty display; a lonely edition of Khalil Gibran's The Prophet I found shoved out of mind in my father's closet, and enjoyed; a set of Encyclopedia Britannica and another of The Great Books that I imagine some salesman twisted my parents' arms to buy for the sake of their children's educations and of 1950s middle-class respectability and which, oddly enough, we enjoyed rummaging through as children).

My schools had books in the library, which I recall using briefly in fifth grade to read a series of boys' action mysteries and a few baseball dramas-but overall, school libraries meant homework, and homework meant no play, and play was fun and homework wasn't. In short, I didn't read books because I didn't like what they were associated with: reports.

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Hi-tech messages for teachers
by Stephen Drill

Students are being encouraged to quiz teachers by text message if they are too shy to ask in class.

And it works: tech-savvy students are lifting average VCE grades from C to B+, teachers say.

Schools are reviewing bans on mobile phones as days of "chalk and talk" give way to recorded lessons posted online for students to listen to out of school hours.

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Public school evolution
by Neal Peirce

Surprise No. 1: America's public schools are actually improving, average scores inching upward despite increased numbers of immigrant and often poorly prepared children.

But we're still losing - failing to inspire and fully prepare - roughly half our children. Most are bright and curious, can be taught. Just check how many, even from the poorest neighborhoods, are "digital natives."

And all are needed in the new global economy. Which leads to: Surprise No. 2: The school system as we know it - 20 to 30 children in a classroom, sitting mostly passively through instruction, moving grade-to-grade with preset courses in rigid sequence - is toast.

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The Odd World of E-School Teachers
by Ian Shapira

Educators who supplement or replace their day jobs with online teaching for local public schools are discovering that the perks of working at home come with hurdles: grappling with awkward or confusing lines of communication with their pupils; gauging student performance without seeing facial expressions; and struggling to withstand the urge to check e-mails from students during weekends.

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Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
by Motoko Rich

As teenagers' scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading, diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books. But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount.

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The Deconstruction of Social Convention & The 'Unlearning' Process
by Kent N Thune

Over the last several years of living life and observing human behavior, I have learned that we evolve through stages of construction and deconstruction -- of learning and unlearning -- where, at some point later in our lives, we come to realize that all we have learned may be some kind of illusion that has unneccessarily led us away from a path that began in the right direction... 

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The Nature of Learning & Home Education
What Home Educating Parents Can Teach the World About the Nature of Learning
by Alan Thomas

Why Did I Become Interested in Informal Learning?

The story of how I became interested in informal learning mirrors what home educating parents go through.

I had felt there was something not quite right about my own schooling so, originally, the research I wanted to do was into what children actually learn in the classroom. My gut feeling was that schooling was totally inefficient, that children spend a lot of time learning very little. At the back of my mind all the time was the question, "Was there something wrong with education? There's something that really needs looking at."

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Education From the Free Eye
by Kevin Snavley

All my life I have unschooled. The only thing that could be remotely considered school that I attended was pre-school, and of course, that was all fun and games. That was just life, how things were. I always wondered in the back of my head what it was like to be there, in a school building all day. How horrible it was to sit there for hours on end being lectured by crazy teachers and doing hours of homework. And then somewhere in between most of my friends going to school and me wondering, I got caught up in "catching up" to everyone else. For a while, around age 12, I always wanted to be on-track with the kids at school. It was probably because I felt stupid or less intelligent than them, which really wasn't the case. They just knew more meaningless facts than I did. It took me until last year to finally realize that, and to truly understand the reasons and joys of unschooling. Why it really is so much better than public school.

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Think Different
by Sean "The Bass Player"

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Some of you may recognise that as the famous Apple 'Think Different' text, others may not, but I guess whether you've read it before or have read it for the first time there, we can pretty much all agree that it's an inspiring piece of text.

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Is Your Child Computer Literate?
by Sandra Foyt

I'm writing this as I wait in an airport in Miami; ironically, while catching CNN coverage of presidential candidate John McCain's computer illiteracy. We're on our way to The Atlantis in the Bahamas for a wedding, and computer literacy is unlikely to figure prominently in our vacation plans.

Instead, we'll take full advantage of our resort destination to learn about marine habitats. And, we're going to relax and enjoy connecting with our family.

Nevertheless, I'll be thinking about our presidential candidates and what it means to be computer literate in the 21st century.

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'Nerd Girls' out to prove that beauties can be brainy
by Mike Celizic

They're hot. They're sexy. They solve quadratic equations. They're the Nerd Girls, and they're out to explode the myth that a woman can't be both smart and drop-dead gorgeous.

"There's a stereotype out there," Danielle Vardaro, an engineer for Boeing, told TODAY's Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Friday.

And it's not a pretty one. Women are still rarely thought of as engineers, said Karen Panetta, a belly-dancing professor of engineering at Tufts University and the founder of Nerd Girls.

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Whose Story Are You Living?
by David B. Bohl

Do you ever find yourself telling someone you've recently met the story of your life? You probably don't think of it as a story, because to you it's all factual. Truth is, we place a lot of interpretation on our life story. And when you remember how it was from the present day perspective, you often distort fact from interpretation. When you do tell your story, do you look at it and wonder if it's the story you would have written for yourself? Do you ever wonder whose story are you living?

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In Defense of Food
by Scott H. Young

How can a nation so obsessed with health, be so unhealthy?  Why has our historically diverse diet gone down to mostly three crops: corn, wheat and soybeans?  Michael Pollan argues that in a society where potato chips and corn oil can be awarded health claims (Frito Lays and Mazola, respectively), there is something seriously wrong with our approach to food.

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NOTICE BOARD


How I Parent

A short and hopefully useful instantly downloadable e-book about how I parent my own children.

Read more about that here


Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement

Be sure to download your FREE copy of my Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement e-books while you're here if you haven't done so already.

There are two volumes so far. These e-books are FREE with my compliments and are packed with valuable insights and useful ideas to help you in your parenting adventure.

Volume 1 - an introduction to the work of Michael Mendizza, Robin Grille, Laura Ramirez, Jan Hunt, Pam Leo, Pat and Larry Downing, Alfie Kohn, Marc Prensky, Kali Wendorf and Jan Fortune-Wood:

Download it from here

Volume 2 - an introduction to the work of Aletha Solter, Kim Wildner, Naomi Aldort, John Travis and Meryn Callander, John Breeding, Scott Noelle, Beverley Paine and Alan Wilson

Download it from here


Kindred Magazine

"Kindred magazine is created to support and give voice to the embryonic but powerfully essential movement towards conscious parenting and conscious living happening all around the world. It is in honour of that revolutionary movement everywhere, be it large or small, public or personal, that Kindred addresses issues ahead of mainstream media. It brings cutting edge research and information from pioneers in all fields relating to the well being of our human family and the world we live in.

Courageously exploring social, political, spiritual, global and environmental issues, it is the first and only such magazine in Australia and one of only a few in the world."

For more information about the latest issue and to subscribe please visit the Kindred Magazine website

Subscribe to Kindred Magazine's between issues newsletter Kindred Spirit

Kindred Magazine on Facebook


Natural Child News

The Natural Child Project's free monthly newsletter.

Subscribe to Natural Child News here   


Connection Parenting

A standout book by parent educator Pam Leo recommended by the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.   

"Connection parenting is parenting through connection instead of coercion, through love instead of fear."

Get all the details at www.connectionparenting.com


Heart To Heart Parenting

A new book from Robin Grille, author of Parenting For A Peaceful World.

"An empowering book for parents, Heart to Heart Parenting is more than just a 'how to' book about raising happy and resilient children - it aims to help you create a deep and lasting relationship that is unique to you and your child. Using techniques that are based on connection rather than shaming, manipulation or punishment, Robin Grille introduces you to insightful and practical ways to benefit your child's emotional wellbeing and development."

Find out more here


Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves

"After years of assisting hundreds of families to bring peace and joy into their lives, Naomi Aldort now offers in this book a way of parenting that allows the child's natural competence and caring to unfold. The book provides tools for understanding children's behaviors so that you (the parent) are able to prevent difficulties and heal existing ones."

Learn more at naomialdort.com/


Birth Psychology

"You have found the path to the treasures of BIRTH PSYCHOLOGY where you can explore the scope of this field in authoritative articles, columns on popular topics, book and movie reviews, visit our specialty bookstore, and order great books and videos.

These pages are made possible by the APPPAH COMMUNITY which has been generating news, research, conferences, books and journals since we gathered in 1983.   Please use the website to join the community,   enrich your personal growth, parenting wisdom, or professional skills by signing up for conferences."

Visit www.birthpsychology.com/


Conscious Woman Seminars

NLP: A Birth Model for Change

"The current model of birth is as deep a belief structure as the structure of our very nature. Trusting your body, trusting your mind and trusting your baby are entirely new concepts in the birthing world today. Making changes at this very core level takes skill and dedication.

In this two-part workshop series, Kathy Welter-Nichols will introduce participants to a number of new technologies and science models that support gentle birthing practices, and explain why fear is so deeply enhanced through suggestion during birth."

Online in September and October 2008.

Get the details here


What Babies Want

"What Babies Want is an award winning documentary film that explores the profoundly important and sacred opportunity we have in bringing children into the world.

Filled with captivating stories and infused with Noah Wyle's warmth as narrator, the film demonstrates how life patterns are established at birth and before. The documentary includes groundbreaking information on early development as well as appearances by the real experts: babies and families."

Find out more about What Babies Want


The Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting

"Attachment Parenting isn't new. In many ways, it is a return to the instinctual behaviors of our ancestors. In the last sixty years, the behaviors of attachment have been studied extensively by psychology and child development researchers, and more recently, by researchers studying the brain. This body of knowledge offers strong support for areas that are key to the optimal development of children, summarized below in API's Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting."

www.attachmentparenting.org/principles

Thank you for that item to Barbara Wishingrad


Marshall Rosenberg on Nonviolent Communication - NVC

Marshall Rosenberg, founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication, interviewed by Jim Lemkin for his documentary film Beyond Belief.

9mins 54secs.

Watch the video on YouTube


The Hitting Stops Here!

A new campaign intitiated by Paula Flowe, a Member of the Board of Directors of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE) - "one of her objectives is to enroll educators in discontinuing the use of corporal punishment in cities and states where this practice is lawful and to urge parents and educators everywhere, to participate in having this practice banned in the remaining 21 US states."

Visit thehittingstopshere.com/


Alliance for Childhood

"The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children's healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. Our public education campaigns bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood. We act for the sake of the children themselves and for a more just, democratic, and ecologically responsible future."

Visit www.allianceforchildhood.org/


Antidote

"Antidote's aim is to create an emotionally literate society, where the facility to handle the complexities of emotional life is as widespread as the capacity to read, write and do arithmetic."

Visit www.antidote.org.uk/


Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood

"Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups, parents, and individuals who care about children.  Headquartered at the Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston, CCFC is the only national organization devoted to limiting the impact of commercial culture on parents.  CCFC's staff and Steering Committee are activists, authors, and leading experts on the impact of media and marketing on children.  Most of us are also parents."

Visit www.commercialfreechildhood.org/


Chemical Free Kids

"Read the ingredient list on the back of the products you are currently using. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? Cocamide DEA? Propylene Glycol? And some you probably can't pronounce - Methylisothiazolinone and   Diethanolamine? What are they? Are they to aid your baby's body and health -- nurture her, nourish him, promote health and vitality? Are they natural or synthetic? And does it really matter?"

A book by Dr. Sara Lantz about Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World.

Read all about it at www.chemicalfreeparenting.com/

Thank you for that item to Arun at The Parenting Pit


Connected: The Movie

"Approximately six months after Abilene Christian University announced its intent to bring mobile learning devices into the classroom, every member of the freshman class will be presented with an Apple iPhone 3G or iPod touch this weekend. This deployment to more than 950 students marks the first time that a university has introduced these mobile devices as learning tools on such a large scale.

These new ACU Wildcats will begin their mobile learning experience Aug. 16, using the latest in mobile technology for everything from class schedules and maps to in-class, real-time surveys."

Here's the video about it produced by ACU students, faculty and staff (17mins 40secs)


12th International Conference on Rethinking Education

Thursday, September 4 - Monday, September 8, 2008

Westin Park Central Hotel, 20 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth airport in Dallas, Texas, USA

You are enthusiastically invited to attend!

"Join hundreds of unschooling families from around the globe as we rethink the meanings of education, learning, parenting...and life! Rethinking Education supports attachment parenting, unconditional love, support for each person's unique journey of life experience, freedom with responsibility, unschooling and you. YOU are the vital ingredient at this conference, as we come together and revel in the magic and mystery of kindred spirits and each other's rich diversity, as we challenge ourselves to trust the extraordinary process of living and learning, the wondrous ability to improve the ways we communicate, discovering new ways of listening to one another, giving full support to our dreams, no matter how wild or ordinary, large or small."

Please visit the Rethinking Education Conference website for more information about this exciting event!

Please note that, due to circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to attend the Rethinking Education Conference this year.


We Shine - A Celebration of Unschooling

Date: June 17 - 21, 2009

Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Fallsview

"This Sacred Gathering of Shining friends exists so that we can be gloriously immersed in a real-life unschooling community in order to form a deeper connection with our families, with each other, and within ourSelves.

We gather with those who understand the depth and breadth of what unschooling means, and also with those who are newer to this glorious path, but are drawn to walking in its direction. We also Trust that those who gather together truly understand what it means to allow our children to Shine by celebrating them for being exactly Who They Are."

Visit the We Shine Conference website for information and updates


Educational Heretics Press

"We are a small press that exists to question the dogmas and superstitions of mass, coercive schooling, with its roots in totalitarian thinking, with a view to developing the next modern, humane, flexible, personalised effective public learning system - one fit for a progressive democracy."

Visit the Education Heretics Press website


Organic Learning

"Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much of the world as we can into [their lives]; give children as much help and guidance as they ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest." - John Holt, How Children Learn

"Organic learning" - what it is and isn't.

Find out at www.organiclearning.org

Read a sample issue of organiclearning.org's Connections magazine here


International Association for Learning Alternatives (IALA)

"The mission of the International Association for Learning Alternatives is to lead, promote and support learning alternatives in education.

This mission signals our interest in seeing that parents and students have choices of educational programs to meet their needs, interests, learning styles and intelligences. We believe that one-size education program does not fit everyone and that education is best served by having choices for all."

Visit the IALA's new look website


School of Living

"The School of Living is an educational organization dedicated to learning and teaching the philosophy, practices and principles of living that are self-empowering for individuals within the general aim of establishing decentralized, ecologically-sound, self-governed and humane communities. All its resources, but most specifically the land it holds in trust, are held in responsible stewardship for present and future generations."

The School of Living was founded in 1934.

Visit www.schoolofliving.org/


Home Education UK

"It is a basic understanding of this website that children are autonomous beings and are not owned by parents. Since parents decided to bring their children into the world, without consultation, the relationship between parents and children is asymmetric in that parents have obligations to their children which children do not have towards their parents.

The right to an education is a unique right in that it is an obligatory right, it is a right that may not be refused in law. A child may not for example decide not to have an education. In this respect we believe that the state should remain extremely flexible when defining 'suitable education'.

Even though the law expresses the right to home educate in terms of parental rights it is my belief that such a right is ultimately that of the child, that is, the right to determine the form of education he or she should be in receipt of. In the same way that children have the right to decide upon a medical procedure children should have the right to be educated in a manner of their own choosing. This is not simply just practical but it is efficient within the meaning of the word as used in section 7 of the 1996 education act, I believe that education cannot take place against a child's wishes."

Visit Mike Fortune-Wood's Home Education UK website


Unschooling and Parenting eGroups

An excellent overview of online unschooling and related parenting groups from Arun at The Parenting Pit.

Find out more at theparentingpit.com/reviews/unschooling-parenting-egroups


Lift depression - the human givens approach

"To become depressed - tired, miserable, sad and uninterested in life for long periods - is a human vulnerability. It can happen to anyone. When it strikes it affects your sleep, physical health, sexual desire, power of concentration, thinking and ability to empathise with others. Typically depressed people wake up exhausted and unmotivated. The more severe these symptoms are the more difficult normal daily activities become and life begins to feel meaningless. On average, 15% of people who repeatedly sink into a depressed state have an increased risk of suicide.

This site contains vital information for a clear understanding of the cause of, and the most effective treatment for, this debilitating mental condition."

A new website from the Human Givens Institute.

Visit www.lift-depression.com


What Kids Learn from Social Networking

"Researchers at the University of Minnesota have documented the educational benefits of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Students observed for the study listed technology skills as the top lesson learned, followed by creativity, being open to new or diverse views and communication skills."

Read more here


And finally ...

Learn Nothing Day Follow Up

"Learn Nothing Day was an exercise, a goof, "a happening" (in 60's terms), a game, a tool, a shared experience. There was no such thing as real failure and no one really expected any "success" (lack of learning). It was an international demonstration of the idea that when people enjoy and focus on learning, it cannot help but happen."

Learning Nothing Day - July 24 - emerged from an online 'conversation' at homeschooling legend Sandra Dodd's Yahoo! group Always Learning.

Here's the follow up featuring the image contest winners:

Visit sandradodd.blogspot.com/







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