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

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Quit school and get a real education? It sounds like a recipe for disaster. As education becomes a burning issue for many parents, here comes a book which declares that school destroys and confuses the process of learning and that if you leave school it will change your life - for the better. Leaving school leads to real learning and meaningful work, while parents can get to know their kids better. Homeschooling is taking off in a big way, not only in the US but in much of Europe, and Grace Llewellyn presents it ...
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Overview

Quit school and get a real education? It sounds like a recipe for disaster. As education becomes a burning issue for many parents, here comes a book which declares that school destroys and confuses the process of learning and that if you leave school it will change your life - for the better. Leaving school leads to real learning and meaningful work, while parents can get to know their kids better. Homeschooling is taking off in a big way, not only in the US but in much of Europe, and Grace Llewellyn presents it as a real alterative, with a useful resource guide to start you off. Full of stimulating, controversial and exhilarating ideas, this practical and inspirational book is a must for all teenagers who want to learn, but seriously question the educational system's ability to teach. It will enable them to: reclaim their natural ability to learn and teach others, design a personalized education, learn how other unschooled teenagers spend their time, make friends with their parents, find work opportunities, and go to college without going to school.
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VOYA - Cindy Lombardo
Llewellyn's first edition (Lowry House, 1991/VOYA April 1992) was an eye-opening and thought-provoking diatribe about the evils of formal education and the advantages of "unschooling"-a term preferable to "quitting school" or "homeschooling." The first book, written specifically for teens, to tackle the full range of issues associated with the movement away from the classroom and into the real world, it rapidly gained a wide and enthusiastic following among homeschoolers as well as autodidact wannabes. This second edition (updated to include an international component) continues the crusade to open the floodgates of independent learning and encourages young adults to determine for themselves how best to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. Quoting liberally from John Holt's books as well as students and parents who have opted out of the formal education system, Llewellyn offers a step-by-step approach that could serve as a lifeline for those interested in unschooling but uncertain of where to begin. Informative and entertaining chapters include material on legal issues, how to find inexpensive and creative ways to incorporate learning with daily life, the use of volunteerism and travel as educational experiences, and the receptivity to unschooling in other countries. A wealth of resources offer additional reading suggestions, Web sites, addresses, phone numbers, and an eclectic bibliography. Examples of real kids who left school, developed and implemented their own plans for learning, and became successful and happy in a wide variety of fields should dispel notions that only a formal college degree can guarantee financial security. Young adults will appreciate the tone of the book, which has the flavor of getting the straight scoop from a rebellious older sister or favorite aunt. In the words of one young patron, "this book is awesome!" Why not donate a copy to your local junior high and high school libraries? Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Appendix. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780962959172
  • Publisher: Lowry House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 435
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    changed my life.

    that's all I have to say: this book changed my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    Handbook for Homeschool

    I recommend Ms. Llewellyn's book because it is well thought-out, informative, and interesting. She does tend to be narrow minded toword public education in some respects, but then, many are also narrow minded when it comes to home (or un-) schooling, claiming that you are not getting a "real" education. This book helps to put to rest some of those rumors. I have been homeschooled for four years now, and having had a taste of both public school and homeschool, I must say I prefer the latter. Granted, it's not the right choice for everyone, but I advise everyone to at least consider getting an education away from that brick building. Go at this book with an open mind. Really consider either quitting - not as a dropout, but with a purpose in view - or homeschooling. May homeshoolers are happier, healthier, and well-rounded young men and women, with a keen intrest in learning and life. And when you think about it, isn't that what drives people to succed?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    A must read for any teenager, homeschooled or not

    I am a relatively new homeschooler, and was feeling rather guilty about my decision, but this book gave me the courage to stand by my decision, and some of my old schoolmates. It is expertly written, and full of information, not only on homeschooling/unschooling, but on real life too. I would recommend this book to anyone, teenager, adult, homeschooler or not.

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