Saturday, January 8, 2011

Profiles of Adults Who Were Passion Driven Students - Their Secret? They Didn’t Go To School.

As an innovative educator I find unschooling so interesting because the grown unschoolers who speak about their experience all seem to be motivated to learn and attribute this to the fact that their learning was not driven by grades or test scores, but rather by following their passions. Take for instance James Marcus Bach, author of Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar which describes how he found success in a highly technical field without the benefit or burden of a conventional education. He says, this.

I have almost none of what my teachers used to call "self-discipline." Instead of discipline, I am driven by passion. Now that I'm in my forties, I want to share what I've learned about learning.
Idzie Desmarais author of I'm Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write shares this.
Unschooling creates people who are motivated! The act of placing the power over learning and life into the individual's hands is both empowering and motivating. What this motivation people see in unschoolers really is, is simply a joy in learning and discovery that is found far more rarely among those who are schooled.
Their sentiments aren’t unique. Unschoolers seem to have loved their learning experience and they want you to know it. If you want to hear it, then you’ll appreciate this compilation of profiles of grown unschoolers.

Life Learning Magazine - Personalized, non-coercive, active, interest-led learning from life (unschooling)

I'm Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write. - The life and times of an unschooling vegetarian animistic green anarchist hippie child.The Unschooler Experiment - An exploration of the lasting influence of home education and a celebration of people who question and experiment.It is about experimenting and, to quote M.K. Gandhi, about being the change you want to see in the world. radio free school - Tantrum space for people who eschew factory learning in favour of unschooling, open source learning, community based, learning without school. Teacher George Haines shares this unschooler profile story on his blog

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