The Parental Intelligence Newsletter

September 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 28 articles and 24 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!



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
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

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Waterbirth: First Impressions
by Lakshmi Bertram

Consider for a moment what a baby goes through on its way into the world. What a difficult thing it is to be born, being squeezed and molded and then drawing a first breath! Probably the most risky and harrowing journey of our lives, it is in fact, our first physical experience. Up to that point, we were warmly and safely encased in water. All our needs were met as we floated weightlessly, listening to the steady rhythm of our mother's heart. When the moment of birth came, all that changed. We had to breathe immediately or we would die; we had to cry out for food and comfort; we had to hold our own against the unfamiliar force of gravity. Coming into this world, we were immediately challenged, and our first impressions of it were of the fight and struggle to survive.

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"If You Hold That Baby All The Time..."
by Pam Leo

Every mother who has ever had a baby shower has probably heard someone say, "I wish they had made something like that when I had my babies." For some reason, it always annoyed me to hear that and I vowed I would never say that to any expectant mother about any new baby gadget. I kept my vow until my first grandchild was born. By then I had done so much research on the importance of carrying babies and the benefits of keeping them in close physical contact, I knew we had to have a sling to carry this baby. I wanted my grandchild to have the holding my own children didn't get enough of, because I was taught to believe it would spoil them.

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Childcare for babies is 'abuse', says author Mem Fox

Putting babies into childcare is a form of abuse, leading children's author Mem Fox claims.

Ms Fox, a children's literacy advocate and author of the best-selling Possum Magic, said she believed society would look back on the trend of allowing babies only a few weeks old to be put into childcare and wonder, "How could we have allowed that child abuse to happen?".

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France bans broadcast of TV shows for babies
by Christine Ollivier

France's broadcast authority has banned French channels from marketing TV shows to children under 3 years old, to shield them from developmental risks it says television viewing poses at that age.

The ruling also ordered warning messages for parents on foreign baby channels that are broadcast in France - such as Baby TV, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., and BabyFirstTV, which has ties to News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment.

The High Audiovisual Council, in a ruling published Wednesday, said it wanted to "protect children under 3 from the effects of television."

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Crying Foul over Online Junk Food Marketing
by Catherine Holahan

At age 2, Zameen Rashid is well acquainted with Lucky, the leprechaun who lists the marshmallow clovers, moons, and stars in boxes of General Mills' (GIS) Lucky Charms cereal. Maybe too well, says his mother, Fahmida Rashid, who frets that too-frequent exposure to food ads in video games, TV shows, and the Web will foster unhealthy eating habits. "Just as you wouldn't expect to see a tobacco ad on a kids' site or show, there shouldn't be junk food ads there either," says Rashid, a 31-year-old resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Consumer and children's advocacy groups share Rashid's concerns. Having successfully lobbied the government to place limits on junk food ads on TV, they now target marketing to kids via the Web.

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Vaccine-wary parents spark public health worry
by JoNel Aleccia

In Ashland, nearly 30 percent of kindergartners have been issued exemptions for some or all of the vaccines required by state law, a rate seven times the rest of the state and about 12 times the rest of the nation.

That makes this theater town of 21,000 near the Oregon-California border a hotbed for what health officials regard as a rising threat here and across the country: small but growing clusters of parents who seek exemptions to keep their kids from being vaccinated.

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Thank you for that item to Vanessa Van Petten

ZITS: Understanding Teenage Boys
by Olgy Gary

I love the cartoon strip ZITS. When I first discovered it years ago I realized my son was absolutely normal. It helped me understand boys more than any other self-help book I'd read on the subject. Since then, every mom I talk to about ZITS is convinced that Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman are basing the character of Jeremy on their son. I know different. Scott & Borgman are basing Jeremy's character on MY son!

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Recipe for Teen Disaster
by Ronit Baras

Children's behavior is the concern of many parents. Kids can be diagnosed with ADD, ADHD or ODD, when in fact, it is the various choices their parents have made throughout the course of their kids' lives that make kids act the way they do. Yes, I know this is hard to accept, but I believe that if you were to give me a normal child - boy or girl - I could, by making a simple choice to act in a particular way, single-handedly turn this child into a problematic beast with social problems, difficulties with authority, declining academic achievement, lack of motivation, depression, anger and anxiety, just to name a few.

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Protect Our Kids from Preschool
by Shikha Dalmia and Lisa Snell

Barack Obama says he believes in universal preschool and if he's elected president he'll pump "billions of dollars into early childhood education." Universal preschool is now second only to universal health care on the liberal policy wish list. Democratic governors across the country -- including in Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts and Virginia -- have made a major push to fund universal preschool in their states.

But is strapping a backpack on all 4-year-olds and sending them to preschool good for them? Not according to available evidence.

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When School Bells Ring Again, So Too Do Claims of ADHD
by Tony Zizza

The impending arrival of another school year is marked by several things. Cooler weather. One last dip in the pool. A rush to buy school supplies during a state wide tax free holiday. Oh, and pre-season NFL football games on the boob tube. These are all sure-fire signs that a significant change in seasons and parent-child thinking is about to happen.

Unfortunately, we're living in a vastly more "medicated" time. When school bells ring again, so too do claims of ADHD. Years ago, parents knew it was their obligation to pay attention to their kids. Nowadays, one of the ways they pay attention to them is by simply drugging them with amphetamines and over-scheduling them to the hilt. It's just a form of child abuse in my book.

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The ADHD Myth
by Ronit Baras

I go over 22 year of special education experience and can see a great inflation in ADHD. Well, it did start as ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder - and soon became ADHD with the "Hyperactive" addition.

The special education profession is still split on the existence of ADHD. Some say it is a brain malfunction, some say it is only children's need to move a lot beyond the "normal" range. I think that no matter which approach you take, our society is sick with the labeling disease!

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ADHD symptoms 'normal behaviour'
by Justine Ferrari

Draft guidelines for managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are based on "rubbery criteria" that describe normal child behaviour.

Submissions to the review of ADHD guidelines being conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians argue the symptoms defining ADHD are too broad and result in many normal children being diagnosed and medicated.

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Opposition Defiance Disorder - What an ODD Name
by Ronit Baras

Opposition Defiance Disorder (ODD) is another name people who like labels use when they need a budget for helping children. Someone has worked very hard and probably spent many dollars to research kids and teens (they say ODD can start as early as 1-3 years of age) and come up with a nice label. Since ADHD worked so well, ODD should work quite well too. Labels are a good way to attract funds, but I am not sure they are good to make things better.

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Four-day week on the rise in education
by Dennis Carter

School districts and universities are taking cues from the business world and instituting four-day weeks, a trend that some say could become the norm as gas prices and energy costs continue to rise.

Experimenting with four-day school weeks is becoming popular in some of the country's most remote school districts, where buses travel hundreds of miles for student pickups, drop offs, and sporting events. Some colleges and universities have begun offering four-day weeks for employees and students, although most campuses don't close shop on Fridays. Instead, administrators are authorizing alternative schedules as an employee-friendly policy designed to soothe the sting of increasingly costly daily commutes.

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The failure of schools to educate
by Tim Hawkes

Despite being a headmaster for nearly 20 years, I am just developing a conviction that I have been manifestly unfaithful as an educator because I have been teaching an inadequate curriculum. The fact that this inadequacy in curriculum is probably to be found in most Western schools brings me no comfort at all.

When the philosopher Aristippus of Cyrene was asked, 400 years BC, what students should be taught, he replied: "Those things which they will use when adults."

What, then, are the things our students will use as adults?

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Get schooled, virtually
by Deneka Michaud

Pencils, binders and backpacks are being purchased.

Back-to-school wardrobes are being meticulously crafted and students are starting to choose their courses, but many of them won't be taking their classes in regular classrooms. This school year, more British Columbia students than ever will opt to take classes online.

In 2006, online enrolment in the province was 17,000, according to Ministry of Education statistics. Last year, 33,000 students were enrolled in online courses and this year 48,000 students are expected to take classes online.

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Internet schools: The school on a sofa
by Sarah Harris

Picture a school with no walls. At this school there are no smelly changing-rooms, no lumpy gravy, no bullies, or detentions and you can turn up to lessons in your pyjamas and Snoopy slippers if you feel like it. It's called InterHigh - and it's the UK's first ever internet school, founded four years ago by former teachers Paul and Jacqui Daniell, in response to a growing demand for "more choice".

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On the Death of Genius for the Sake of College
by Clay Burell

"A permanent present - what a haunting phrase. How bizarre and surreal it must be to serve a life sentence in the prison of the moment, trapped forever in the perpetual now, a world without end, a time without later."  - Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness, p. 14

Call me crazy, but I couldn't help but think of students when I read this earlier tonight.  A particular kind of student, anyway.  The Korean kind, for sure, and possibly, from what I read, more and more American ones too.

I mean the ones who are so over-scheduled with schoolwork, homework, SAT test-prep cram schools, and all the other madness that keeps them focused on memorizing the data and pounding out the grunt-work, one assignment and one GPA-increment at a time, year in and year out - from what, grade 9? Or is that too late to begin worrying these days? - that they rarely have time to pull back and reflect on anything at all.

"A permanent present." Isn't that what the overload of content, testing, homework, and extra-curricular bullet-gaming for college applications is creating for our young?  It makes me wonder if school itself is not the cause of "A.D.D.": when attention is constantly hurried in seven different disciplines from unit to unit, no option to pull the cord and get off the train, is it any wonder attention is deficient and understanding is, to quote an old Bowie line, a series of "one-inch thoughts"?

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School takes modern approach to student exams
from ABC News

Not long ago it would have been called cheating, but students at a Sydney girls' school are now being encouraged to take their phones, laptops and MP3s into exams and even phone a friend if they want help with a question.

The new style of exam is being trialed at the Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) where teachers say it is a better way to assess the online and verbal communication skills that students need to function in the modern world.

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Moving away from public education
by David Kirkpatrick

Government-owned and operated schools not only exist in both developed and developing nations, but are predominant.

This creates enormous inertia and vested interests tending to maintain the system, although some chipping away at the monolith continues to take place.

Those challenging government-dominated education are found in two broad categories: those who would modify or create alternatives to the system, and those who would abolish, or at least avoid, the system.

The most obvious example of the latter is the homeschooling movement, which has grown from an estimated 10-15,000 students in 1980 to as many as 2 million today.

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We're Not Waiting for 21st Century Learning
by Sandra Foyt

In about a year, the $50 Million National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies is projected to be up and running. Its goal is to bring "education into the 21 century." ...

While this is a laudable goal, I just can't imagine that American students will see any impact in their schools for years to come. Perhaps when the next generation of teachers take over, themselves Digital Natives, we'll see a change.

For now, too many teachers fear the learning curve of technology to put out the welcome mat.

Fortunately, for those of us who are willing to learn with our children, either as full-time homeschoolers or part-time supplementers, we don't have to wait.

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Introducing Digital Learning Home School
by Sandra Foyt

Like me, many parents are looking for ways to include digital learning at home.

You'd think this would be easy since we're raising digital natives - children who are growing up in a world where they are surrounded by digital technology such as computers, the Internet, cell phones, and Ipods.

And yet, the emerging technology is so new that educators, who are still digital immigrants, have few road maps.

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Challenging Educational Standards - The Unschooling Movement
by Sandra Winn

Words cannot express my utmost respect and admiration for the late John Holt, a public school educator, major proponent of school reform, and best known for his philosophy of learning naturally -- unschooling or child-directed learning.

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I Live Therefore I Learn: Living an Unschooling Life
by Pam Sorooshian

Unschooling is both easy and difficult to describe. The easy answer is that unschooling means "not schooling," but it is a lot harder to explain what we do instead of schooling.

Unschooling means not depending on the usual school methods. It means no lesson plans, no curriculum, no assignments, no quizzes or tests, no required memorizing, and no grades. It means that the parent does not become the child's schoolteacher-it means not creating a miniature classroom in the home.

Instead, unschoolers focus on living a rich and stimulating life together. Seriously, that's it. We do not "school," but, instead, we concentrate on living a life filled with opportunities and possibilities and experiences. Human children are born learners. Literally. What unschoolers aim for is keeping that love of learning and intense curiosity alive as the children grow up.

How do we do this?

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Researchers mull gaming's impact on learning
from eSchool News

Researchers gathering in Boston for the American Psychological Association's annual convention highlighted a series of studies Aug. 17 suggesting that video games can be powerful learning tools--from increasing the problem solving potential of younger students to improving the suturing skills of laparoscopic surgeons.

One study even looked at whether playing "World of Warcraft," the world's biggest multiplayer online game, can improve scientific thinking.

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Bad Dad? Parents Let Son Drop Out to Pursue Gaming Career
by Brian Little

No, really. That's exactly what they did. Mike and Hunter Peebles, parents of 16-year-old Blake, eventually gave in to their middle child's wheedling and let him quit school to focus on a career as a professional video gamer.

Pick your jaw up off the floor (that's what I had to do).

It would be easy to rewrite that first paragraph in snarkier fashion, putting "parents" or "career" in scare quotes, or adding a throwaway line questioning their sanity. The story isn't that simple, though. Blake seems like a bright kid, and his parents didn't just let him drop out. He's being tutored at home, gets high marks and has acquired, according to his parents, a remarkably improved disposition since the change.

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Thank you for that item to Cocking A Snook

Wilderness Kids - Children in the Wilderness, Teaching Skills at an Early Age
by Gerald Trainor

Maria Montessori, who developed the Montessori method of teaching - a method whereby children learn and develop experientially based on interaction with their environment, compared children to sponges in that they soak up all they are given. I know from my own experience that this is especially true when it comes to children interacting with the natural world. I see this firsthand in the way my three year old has learned about nature - about primitive skills, tracking and stalking, hunting and fishing, navigation, the stars, and the weather. When we are outside he watches what I do, listens to every word I say, asks question after question, and understands it all. And then I see him using what he has learned as he makes a "spear" from a stick and stalks a squirrel around our house, as he pounds yucca leaves when we make cordage, as he tells me about lambsquarter or purslane or Mormon tea, and as he prepares tinder and kindling and stacks wood for fuel when we build a fire. He is only three but already he has developed a love for the outdoors, an understanding for the natural world, and is developing his outdoor and primitive skills.

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Do Children Laugh Much More Often than Adults Do?
by Rod A. Martin

We often hear the claim that children laugh much more frequently than adults do. Many numbers are thrown around, but I've heard some claims that children laugh more than 300 times a day, whereas adults laugh less than 20 times a day. The implication is that somehow people become too serious and lose the ability to laugh while growing up, and adults should try to regain the lost joy of childhood by becoming more playful and humorous. Although I certainly agree that we adults are often too serious and we might benefit from laughing more often, I have not been able to find the scientific research that these numbers supposedly came from. I have found only a handful of studies that examined frequencies of laughter in children and adults, and these do not support the numbers typically cited. In fact, the existing studies suggest that adults may actually laugh more often than children!

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Thank you for that item to Anna Johnson


How I Parent

A short and hopefully useful instantly downloadable ebook 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 ebooks while you're here if you haven't done so already.

There are two volumes so far. These ebooks 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

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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

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

Touch The Future

"We are completely redesigning Touch the Future's website. Audio, video, blogs, visitor networking, and tons of new content are all being integrated in a new and vastly improved site. Take a peek."

Preview the work in progress at

The Nurturing Project

Mission & Vision

"Our goal is to revolutionize how communities mentor and support parents and childcare providers, neighborhood by neighborhood, all across the land.

The heart of the project is connection, community building and locally based early childhood education for parents and caregivers.

Funded by local sponsors (service organizations, small businesses and corporations) Nurturing delivers educational and community support resources to childcare, preschools, and Head Start centers throughout the nation, at little or no cost to parents or providers, free of government support or intervention."

Visit the Nurturing Project website for more information

Conscious Woman Online Workshops

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."

Go to

Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom

"Sarah J Buckley, MD, family physician, mother of four and author of the internationally-acclaimed book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering will present Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom, a series of lectures on the natural processes of birth, and the impact of interventions in pregnancy and birth on mothers and babies.

These ground-breaking lectures, based on Sarah's public talks and conference presentations in the US, Australia and New Zealand, will be educational and informative for midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, natural health practitioners and others. This series will also be valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth."

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The Intact Boy

"Medicalized (non-religious) circumcision, an invention of English-speaking physicians, is in steep decline everywhere in the world - except for the United States. Join Marilyn Milos, RN; John Geisheker, Esq.; Ronald Goldman, Ph.D.; Gillian Longley, RN, BSN; and Miriam Pollack in a critical examination of the practice of infant male circumcision in North America."

Go to

Go here for a list of all current online workshops

Attachment Parenting Research and News

A page of links at the Natural Child Project website to articles relevant to Attachment Parenting.


La Teta... to give the breast is to give life...

"This has got to be the most spectacular pro-breastfeeding video I've ever seen." - Laureen Hudson, Elemental Mom

1 min 30secs.

Watch it here

The Consciously Parenting Project

"The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC is a collaboration of professionals and families who are dedicated to providing information, resources and support for conscious decision-making in all areas of family life.  We are committed to providing the most up-to-date research and information possible so that parents can truly make informed decisions. The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC is comprised of an on-line community, educational opportunities for parents including TeleParenting Support Classes, Family-friendly retreats, tele-seminars and in-person workshops, articles, and an extensive resource list on a wide variety of parenting topics."

Read more about the Consciously Parenting Project at

Mommy Myth Buster

"Mommy Myths are scary untruths that the media has us believing. Here we bust up those myths, reveal the truth, and relax so we can enjoy parenthood."

Thank you for that item to Vanessa Van Petten

Naru Hodo: On Alfie Kohn's Punished By Rewards

A review of Alfie Kohn's Punished By Rewards from Marie in Ohio, USA, and observations related to the book's message from her own experiences.

Read it at

Book Worship/anti-TV, anti-video, anti-anything-but-books

"There was a time when the only way for a kid to get information from outside his home and neighborhood was books. (Think Abraham Lincoln, log cabin in the woods far from centers of learning.) Now books tend to be outdated, and is better for information. If Abraham Lincoln had had full-color DVDs of the sights of other countries, of people speaking in their native accents and languages, and of history, he would have shoved those books aside and watched those videos.

When someone thinks books are the one crucial step to any further learning, then books and school have crippled that person's ability to think expansively, and to see what's unfolding in front of them in the real world."

The words of homeschooling legend Sandra Dodd.

Click here for more thoughts and opinions on this subject

Learning Innovators in Accelerated Learning Techniques, Research and Child Development

"Find out about the great right brain left brain accelerated learning innovators of our time and their learning methods. The depth of research on the subject of accelerated learning and right brain left brain research and education is growing by leaps and bounds."


Grading with Games: An Interview with James Paul Gee

"An Arizona State University professor sees a bright future for video games in the learning process -- in and out of school."

Watch the video at

Unschooling America

"Dayna Martin lives Joyfully in the White Mountains of NH [New Hampshire] with her husband Joe and four children Devin, Dakota, Ivy & Orion. She and her family enjoy spending all day, everyday together pursuing their passions and creating the lives they desire. Dayna is a Radical Unschooling Advocate who promotes Peace through encouraging kindness and acceptance."

This is her website:

Unschooling America with Dayna Martin

This her family blog:

The Sparkling Martins

The Unschooling Unmanual

The Unschooling Unmanual features writing by Nanda Van Gestel, Jan Hunt, Daniel Quinn, Rue Kream, Kim Houssenloge, Earl Stevens, and Mary Van Doren.

"Through engaging personal stories, examples, and essays, the writers offer inspiration and encouragement for seasoned and prospective unschoolers alike."

For more information, to read Chapter One and view the Table of Contents, please visit:

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

Born Digital

"Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives"

"The first generation of "Digital Natives" - children who were born into and raised in the digital world - are coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. Our economy, our politics, our culture and even the shape of our family life will be forever transformed.

But who are these Digital Natives? How are they different from older generations - or "Digital Immigrants" - and what is the world they're creating going to look like? In Born Digital, leading Internet and technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser offer a sociological portrait of these young people who can seem, even to those merely a generation older, both extraordinarily sophisticated and strangely narrow."

Read all about it here!

Medication Madness

"A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Drugs"

A recently published book by Peter Breggin, M.D.

"Dr. Breggin shares decades of clinical and forensic experience with dozens of vivid true accounts of violence, suicide and crime caused by psychiatric drugs. His most interesting and readable book!"

Visit Dr. Breggin's website for more information

Teen Cash Class

Three Lessons to Turn Anyone Into a Super-Savvy 21st Century Consumer from Martin Lewis of

This free 40-page PDF guide is based on Martin Lewis' lesson plans for his ITV1 [UK] programme 'Tonight: Teen cash class'.

"It's not about opening a bank account!"

Thank you for that item to Diane Varty via Autonomous Education UK

And finally ...

Origin of the term "Unschooling"

If you don't know, I bet you'd never guess!

Get the facts at

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