❮Reading❯ ➺ The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education ➲ Author Grace Llewellyn – Kairafanan.co

An Estimated , American Children Are Now Taught At Home This Book Tells Teens How To Take Control Of Their Lives And Get A Real Life Young People Can Reclaim Their Natural Ability To Teach Themselves And Design A Personalized Education Program Grace Llewellyn Explains The Entire Process, From Making The Decision To Quit School, To Discovering The Learning Opportunities Available


10 thoughts on “The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education

  1. says:

    Loved this book so much that one day I got off the school bus, walked past the school house, and NEVER went back Spent my time at the library learning what I wanted so much that they gave me a job Lol I wrote the Author Became her friendand worked at her Not Back To School Camp in Oregon State A big deal and trip for a poor Kentucky boy I feel I owe a lot to this book, the love of learning it inspires, the truth it speaks, and the community it creates despite the odds I still have friends from that camp Outlaw Education How Cool How Real No profession has changed so little as the way we choose to educate ourselves Compulsive Memorization style education is not for everyone Einstein failed Math Some of the great Japanese master poets could not spell correctly It s not about being a computer andriod of memory or an intellectual elitist Our culture so often misses the point of education and that is to foster a true Love of Learning and Beautifully Inspired Minds Thank You Grace and Unschoolers everywhere Keep the Truth and make Beautiful Lives Stretching across the land like wildflowers dancing in the wind sunshine 3


  2. says:

    A case of a writer telling me things that I essentially agree with in a tone so obnoxious that I considered changing my mind Read John Holt instead.


  3. says:

    This is a very provocative book with an interesting perspective on traditional institutionalized schooling It describes how the traditional school system can actually thwart the natural desire for learning all children have and hinder their ability to learn However because the author s position is so stridently anti school, it is difficult to extract the valuable information from what reads as propaganda The author is a proponent of unschooling, a radical form of homeschooling which has no formal structure but merely relies on the student s own curiosity for direction There are a lot of things about the unschooling philosophy which I like allow a child to pursue her interests without rigidly insisting on precisely what she learns when, allow the child s natural rhythms to determine the day s schedule, etc Unfortunately, the author essentially proclaims that anyone who would choose traditional school over unschooling is either an idiot, brainwashed, or a willing slave to the will of the authorities She refuses to allow for a situation where a child actually thrives in the traditional environment, where a child can be a creative independent thinker in traditional school I know of many examples where such is the case, and for the author to deny those individuals their positive experience and their personal integrity is disrespectful in the least This book is written specifically for teenagers, and the extreme tone of the book makes me wonder if the author isn t trying a bit too hard to be the cool adult by using such anti school invective I ll still give her book for parents Guerilla Learning a shot and see if I can get a balanced view.


  4. says:

    As a proud high school dropout and current college student, when I first read this book in 2003 five years after my last contact with high school , my first reaction is that I REALLY wished I had had access to this book when I was still in high school Grace Llewellyn beautifully touches on a number of all too true reasons why so many of our students are bored or disenfranchised She isn t talking here about how to fix curricula, either, but of the liberatory approach that will allow teenagers to learn how to take responsibility for their own lives and communities I highly recommend this book to anyone who is young or knows has some ties to young people It could very well change lives.


  5. says:

    The title spells it out clearly This is a how to for getting out of schooling and taking charge of your own life and education I ve given nearly a dozen copies of this book away to friends whose will to learn was withering under the assault of compulsory education Most are now autodidacts pursuing their own goals If you like this, I would also recommend Kendall Hailey s The Day I Became An Autodidact.


  6. says:

    I m starting to suspect I m not normal I read this book which is supposedly life changing , and found myself mentally arguing with the author the whole way Then again, all the friend s I ve showed this book to so far agree with me So, be warned, this is going to become less of a review and of a why I don t agree with this rant.Ok, so we start off with an analogy about wanting to eat fruits and learning to eat that no matter how hard I imagine, I cannot accept as being an analogy for school But if I start a literature analysis this post will double in length so I will stop here.Before we even reach part one, the authoress says to kids who actually enjoy school Maybe I have something to learn about docility Or maybe I have a healthy aversion to something dead in people that should be alive Wow, I m insulted and I m not even in the first chapter I can t even express how insulting this is to Malala, a brave girl who got shot in the head by Taliban for going to school In fact, I call your bluff and say that those who enjoy school are the ones who are really alive They know what school really means, and don t waste their time complaining And so, we reach Part 1 Making the DecisionApparently, rules lack of freedom, and minors are one of the most oppressed groups of people in the U.S., and certainly the most discriminated against legally Here I was under the impression that minors get treated better by the law look at the penalties for crimes for minors and adults Look at why that rapist in India is so anxious to be tried as a juvenile After all, we have a phrase called kids gloves It certainly doesn t mean something like worst every treatment The freedom they speak of are things like I don t have to raise my hand to speak , In school you had to have permission to go to the bathroom I m sorry, maybe it s because I m Asian, but how is that restrictive That s called having respect for one another In real life, you don t interrupt a conversation, you find a way to catch your partner s attention like by raising your hand In real life, when you re with a group of people, it s normal to excuse yourself to the bathroom.In Chapter Two, we find out that School is not for learning The main arguments are that schools use passive learning, busywork and prioritize appearance over reality That is how school is Wow, to think I learnt how to debate in school, how to research a topic of my choice in school, how to think in school I never knew that was called passive I never knew the the multiple drafts I wrote for one essay was called busywork I thought I was learning how to refine my writing skills I didn t know that whenever my teachers did things like inviting guests to share their experiences with us for example, what is it like to live in a welfare state , that was appearance over reality a favourite literature theme for us anyway.And look, a quick quiz Which has books, a school or a library Hmm most of the time, probably my school The local library isn t very big, unless you re talking about regional or national libraries Plus, if you re into researching stuff, school libraries are really helpful the librarians will help you get the books too Which has better books, a school or library See above Where are you made to read deadly textbooks HEY, I LIKE my textbooks They re actually quite interesting Where can you read at your own pace, for your own pleasure, without being tested and tricked and otherwise disturbed My home But then again, all the books are from the school library.Oops, I think I gave the wrong answers I guess I failed your quiz.Last thing to note all the teachers I ve ever had have always been opinionated And contradictory This just means they taught us the difference between facts, opinions, and how to form your own opinion.Chapter Three What School is for Apparently, to churn out workers True, a lot of entrepreneurs end up dropping out of school, but for me and my friends, school was where we got our first taste of entrepreneurship When you have to set up a Haunted House yourselves or find a product you can buy and sell at a profit, you learn about things like Supply and Demand really quickly And no, my teachers weren t hand holding us they had a lot of other things to do And yes, this was compulsory for us.And then, she starts talking about teachers in Chapter four The basic thing is that they re all fine people, but they don t teach from the heart.I understand that you were once a teacher, but I m beginning to thing that despite what you claim, you sought out schools where you would be stifled to prove a point Either that, or I go to an exceptional school.And I m only at page 67 of 444 Do you guys really want me to go on Bottom line is, the first part is where I disagree with everything And these are the only things I have reservations from the later sections which are actually the majority of the book.There is one section where a European girl girl living in Europe reflects on her unschooling experience and mentions that due to the lack of resources, she basically lies to get what she wants Nice skills for the future you got there.And another section about Japan, which makes the schools sound terrifying Well, I haven t gone to a Japanese highschool I m in university and all , but most of my high school friends seem happy enough I m guessing that while the bullying and physical punishment do exist, it s for a rather small number of students.Next, she brings in Yin and Yang and also, she calls the Dao De Jing the Tao Teh Ching What s with the h I think the t and the c , while not pinyin, are common ways of spelling if you re not learning Chinese I won t say anything about the yin yang part, but I do want to say something about the section of the Dao De Jing she quotes The quote is The Tao Teh Ching reminds us, For all things there is a time for going a head, and a time for following behind a time for slow breathing, and a time for fast breathing A time to be up and a time to be down Even if I m not talking about how incredible hard it is to understand, let alone translate the Dao De Jing, I think she s mis using the quote The original Chinese is this If you can t read Chinese, there s a pretty good translation here this is from chapter 29 The meaning of this is actually extremes are bad Don t go to extremes The way she uses this quote implies that there s an appropriate time for a certain extreme, but actually, this passage is telling to avoid all extremes and practice moderation You may call this a subtle difference, but I think it s pretty important.In other words, the book gets much better as she gets into advice on how to learn different subjects The potshots at school and teacher get less, and it s much easier to ignore Still, a lot of what she recommends to unschool are things that I either remember doing in school, or that the school offered sometimes, I didn t bother taking advantage of everything because I had no interest in it.Bottom line, my stand is the same as always homeschooling is not for everyone And yes, I carry serious doubts about unschooling I think that if the child is not intensely self motivated, unschooling will not work Even though she claims that you ll be smarter even if you don t do anything, I doubt that will be true How can you be smarter if you have no interest in reading poor language skills , maths, etc If this book didn t have the first section, I would have enjoyed it a lot Or to put it another way, if she didn t insult my love for school, my school experience or my teachers, I wouldn t have gotten so emotional.I realise this is an extremely long review, and I ve only touched the tip of the ice berg If you want me to write out a full review, chapter by chapter because I don t think I can summarise it , let me know I may just do it And if you strongly disagree with me, please comment and let me know why no ranting though If you re really persuasive, you might just convince me First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile


  7. says:

    I didn t discover this book, unfortunately for me, until the middle of my senior year of high school Reading it made me feel, for the first time, like I wasn t the only person who was totally unsuited to traditional American schools I found the resources in the book enormously helpful I even attended one of the non traditional colleges mentioned and the information provided inspirational.


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    I ll start this by saying I m homeschooled myself eight years This book was repeatedly recommended to me because I don t like my homeschooling situation and needed a change The reviews I read before checking a copy out from the library mentioned a strong delivery from the author, but I didn t expect it to be like this I couldn t get through the first 20 pages of this book because the tone was so irritating There are a variety of ways to strongly relay your point to the reader, but Ms Llewellyn decided to use a ridiculous amount of exclamation points and caps lock.It s obvious that the author is completely against contemporary schooling From what I could manage to skim through and read, she doesn t acknowledge that there are good public, private, and alternative schools I honestly can t understand how people continuously give The Teenage Liberation Handbook such great reviews Maybe I m just easily annoyed As a warning to other easily annoyed people, if you don t like being shouted at and having one sided views shoved down your throat, don t read this.


  9. says:

    I am not sure the arguments in favour of un schooling are all that well argued The author simply assumes that all teenagers will automatically use their own initiative to learn once leaving school Not only that, it does rely on teens being near a place with good public services a good library etc The writing is dynamic and interesting, the premise a good one, but I can t see all the fuss.


  10. says:

    This writer has courage for opening our eyes to something so taboo yet so obvious A Life changing, Powerful and Extremely Inspiring book on something that most people would think ridiculous After you read this however you won t think it is so ridiculous any, instead you will blame yourself for not thinking of such a wonderful idea much sooner The author is very descriptive, informative and encouraging, she gives so much useful information and resources there is no way you could get lost when you start unschooling She answering any question or concern you could think of, rightfully breaking every tie you have left to the sour system of traditional schooling Even the most bored school hating kid will be yearning for knowledge and brimming with intellectual curiosity after reading this P.S Even those who still aren t open to the idea of unschooling after reading this amazing book can still benefit tremendously from reading it It will change the way you look at the world, the way you think about the word learning and give a new spring to your step Like I said it is eye opening and will fill you with a new love of life, experience and learning.