In this episode of the ‘Living outside the Matrix’ Podcast we discuss a radical form of home education called Un-Schooling. Dayna Martin of www.daynamartin.com offers her vision and her approach.
Is going to school really the best way for our children to prepare for a life in the current socio-political context? Many within the Matrix think it is, but are they acting upon unquestioned assumptions about education?
Dayna Martin offers us an alternative – Un-schooling. It’s a whole new approach not only to education but parenting in general. It is one that develops free thinking individuals and frees parents from the endless conflicts resulting from a policy of endless control.
What is Un-Schooling?
It’s a whole new approach to parenting, a whole new relationship between parents and children. Needless to say not going to school is a central theme, yet its much more than this. Dayna calls it a partnership based paradigm of facilitating self-education. She shows how it encourages a greater individualism and self-confidence in children as well as supporting fulfilling relationships with them – the ultimate key to influence.One of the key principles is non coercion. This means not forcing children to do anything,
Another one of the key principles is non coercion. This means not forcing children to do anything, whether it be going to school, going to bed, or eating a meal. Discover a whole new possibility for raising families from this fascinating perspective right outside the box yet right on the money.
Educating for Freedom
In the broader context of today, unschooling has never been so important. We live in a time where what freedoms we have are being eroded by ever creeping collectivism. Humanity needs men and women who can think for themselves and who can dare to ask questions and to be authentic, to be their own highest authority. A world in crisis doesn’t need conformists, it needs thinkers! Conventional schooling does not produce questioning minds, but unschooling very much does.
The only way out of what I call the Matrix is through thinking. Unschooling looks like a necessary and logical first for the children of today to become the Thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.
Dayna has been speaking on this subject for many years and her ideas are summarised beautifully in her book called “Radical Un-schooling: A revolution has begun” Follow the link to get a copy on Amazon.
Also check out the previous discussion of ‘Home Education’ with Kim Mcfadden here…
I highly recommend the content Dayna offers in the Podcast and in her book. But also check out the grandfather of new thinking with regards to education, John Holt. And also John Taylor Gatto’s ground breaking work in ‘dumbing us down’ and weapons of mass instruction. These are indispensable resources for the thinking parent.
- How children learn – John Holt
- Teach your own – The John Holt Book of Homeschooling
- Learning all the time – John Holt
- Dumbing us down – John Taylor Gatto
- Weapons of mass instruction – John Taylor Gatto
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