Dumbing Us Down was a reading suggestion someone gave me early on in the homeschooling adventure. I was having a hard time figuring out why homeschooling was cracked up to be so awesome. At first it seemed like hard work. It was only when I read this book that I saw the error in my ways: I was trying too hard to replicate ‘school at home’–something that wasn’t my style and an approach that felt wrong. Dumbing Us Down put me on the right track immediately and I quickly discovered what’s to absolutely love about homeschooling!
I was lucky enough to meet Dayna, author of Radical Unschooling and a vocal advocate of radical unschooling, in a small bookstore in Vermont. My intention was to attend her book event for “informative” purposes, although I entered the bookstore firmly telling myself that I would never unschool my kids. I just wasn’t that kind of parent. Little did I know, when I left the bookstore that night, blown away by Dayna and her family, and having identified with so many of the points she made, I made a startling discovery: I had already fallen onto the unschooling path before I even stepped foot into the bookstore or picked up a copy of Radical Unschooling. Dayna’s talk and book helped me admit (as if it was a dirty secret) that my belief in supporting my children’s interest led homeschooling was somewhat radical and totally rad. Just now I had a name for it.
- We Don’t Need No Education (Outside Magazine, August 12, 2014)
- The Rise of Travelling Families and Worldschooling (The Guardian)