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Critical, Creative Communication: Interview with Michael Strong

Critical, Creative Communication: Interview with Michael Strong

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed In this episode, I am delighted with the company of Michael Strong, entrepreneur, autodidact, visionary and eloquent critical thinker.  This was an enlightening and thought provoking conversation on the purpose of education, the necessity of broad horizons and the bright and hopeful ideas that are helping [...]

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Higher Learning and Liberty: Discussion with Antonio Buehler

Higher Learning and Liberty: Discussion with Antonio Buehler

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Sociopolitical activist, home education advocate and  promulgator of peace joins Laurette Lynn for this enriching discussion. Antonio beautifully exemplifies personal endurance, courage and the relationship between intelligence and liberty.  An encouraging advocate for independent learning, Antonio provides support through Buehler Education.  He also advises home educating [...]

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Class Dismissed: Interview with Director (Classic UM Repost)

Class Dismissed: Interview with Director (Classic UM Repost)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Jeremy Stuart is the director of Class Dismissed, a new film about learning outside the classroom.  I am excited about this project and look forward to it’s release!   Attached, is my first interview with Jeremy nearly two years ago when the project began.   We then did [...]

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Bonus Interview: Steven David Horwich on Cheating Children

Bonus Interview: Steven David Horwich on Cheating Children

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Author, educator, former teacher , blogger and film-maker, Steven David Horwich joins Laurette Lynn to discuss his advocacy work in home education, his experience with schooling and his book, Poor Little Cheated Johnny. Laurette’s review of the book appears here. Mr. Horwich is also the founder [...]

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The IDEA of Democratic Education

The IDEA of Democratic Education

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Presenting an Interview with the Executive Director of IDEA: Institute for Democratic Education in America. Scott Nine is the current Executive Director of IDEA. A dynamic public speaker, he enjoys teaching and learning about leadership, social justice, community organizing, educational reform, personal growth, and getting along [...]

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You Can’t Reform An Education System Built on Oppression

Following are excerpts from Laurie A. Couture’s article which appears in it’s entirety at her website LaurieACouture.com.  Below are some of what I believe to be very important and relevant questions with Laurie’s very well expressed responses! –Laurette Lynn   Talk of “education reform” is viral all over the internet. Despite multiple failed attempts at [...]

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School is Obsolete: UMRadio LIVE

School is Obsolete: UMRadio LIVE

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed UMRadio was broadcast live on Friday April 20th.   After some announcements and updates regarding Unplugged Mom, I talked about the evolution of learning and consequential impending extinction of school as we know it.   Recent headlines and news helped to punctuate the point that the entire system [...]

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What Parents Really Want to Tell Teachers: What You Do Hurts Our Children

Many parents are shaking their heads at the audacity and insolence of the CNN article, What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents by Disney-and-Oprah-endorsed teacher, Ron Clark. His article is dangerous because it represents how the majority of traditional school teachers view children, parents and teachers’ roles as authorities over children’s lives. In my post, [...]

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What Teachers Really Need to Hear From Parents

Sometimes school propaganda comes out that is so obviously, shockingly dehumanizing to children and undermining of the parent-child relationship that it amazes me that anyone dared print it. The viral CNN article, What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents by Disney-and-Oprah-endorsed Ron Clark, epitomizes the word “propaganda” and gets a gold star for its audacity [...]

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Laurie's 17 year old unschooling son, brycen, active at play

Recess Isn’t Enough: Active Play Should Be All Day

A post on Care2 states that the demise of school recess hurts student learning. It advocates that children should have “even 15 minutes” to “run around”. I believe that this article misses a major point- A few-minute gesture of respite or “recess” from hours of mindless busywork is not “recess” at all. The value of [...]

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Education Reform from the Teacher’s Perspective

Education Reform from the Teacher’s Perspective

There has been so much clamoring recently over reform in the education system that it makes my head spin trying to take in the entire conversation and try to understand what exactly is being said. Let me break down from the perspective of a classroom teacher what education reform looks like. To be clear, I [...]

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Education Reform IS the best gift Government Education could ask for.

Education Reform IS the best gift Government Education could ask for.

  A few days ago I wrote a post titled, “It’s called our American way of life and is a racket!”.  I used the example of our wonderful College Readiness programs and the scheme of College Loans to highlight my point.  What was the point?  the Education industrial complex is not,  never has been, and [...]

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