The Time Is Now
The system is broken. No one is happy. It’s time to look for alternatives to the harmful way we treat our children. The time has come to think critically about the world we wish to create and outgrow the factory model of schooling.
Inspirational Guest Speakers
In these short, inspiring talks, leading lights in the world of Homeschooling, Alternative Education and Self Directed Learning show how life can be away from forced ideas of learning, to a fulfilled life of creativity and joy.
The Future Is Bright
For too long we have been told we cannot trust ourselves, let alone our children. The world is for children to discover with their endless curiosity and endless creativity. Bring back play, co-operation and imagination. Learning never stops, life is learning, and this should be fun!
Ep23 with Zak Slayback
Zak Slayback has spent most of his life looking at the outdated school system and why it simply doesn’t serve anyone’s best interests.
Join us as Zak shares the many more exciting and rewarding options to be successful in today’s world! He breaks down why standardized “one size fits all” model of schooling, written by a far off bureaucrat, can never be real and keep pace with the rapidly changing world we inhabit.
Welcome to the future of Self Directed Learning, to trusting children’s innate curiosity and endless creativity once again, as we outgrow the outdated factory model of forced schooling.
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Ep22 with Carsie Blanton
Discover the benefits of Homeschooling and how managing your own time from a young age will help give you purpose and direction in adult life
Today we enter a world of rolling country, horses, rivers, inspiring house guests, artists and being free to read a library under your favorite tree until your soul is quenched!
Join us as we welcome today’s guest, the internationally acclaimed musician Carsie Blanton. Carsie had such an upbringing growing up in rural Virginia at her parents’ retreat center and shares with us the Homeschooling and particularly Unschooling values that were present in her family, way before the term become as popular as it is today.
Whatever you Homeschooling Self Directed lifestyle may look like, Carsie’s tales of having no time limits on exploration and finding her true passions in life, gave her the space and support to dedicate herself to music and becoming a professional musician at just 21 years old.
Carsie describes her love of Homeschooling and especially the Unschooling philosophy and shares how such skills as managing her own time, being her own boss and never having anybody telling her what to do or when it should be done has helped her endlessly as an entrepreneur self employed artist.
Ep21 with Jeff Collins
When Jeff Collins couldn’t find a school suitable for his daughter he discovered The Sudbury School Model. He was so impressed he started his own school in Woodstock NY!
Jeff takes us through the values and philosophies of The Democractic Sudbury School model, where each student has a voice and decision of how the school runs and how to spend their days. The school has no curriculum, no compulsory classes, no tests and no homework. Instead they promote Trust, Choice, Responsibility and Accomplishment. The model focuses on internal motivation with no coercion to get students inspired and interested in life and the love of learning.
Ep20 with Karen Ricks
"Tomorrow is not promised! Pause,take a deep breath,look at life,work,family,friends. Prioritize what is it that is most important to me, to my family. Live the most authentic life you want to live, the time is now!"
Karen Ricks is a Homeschooling and Worldschooling Legend. A professional chef in 4 continents, Karen left the US to explore the world and traveled to Japan with her husband to pursue his passion of Judo. There, they had their son, Christopher and later set up a Montessori School to help the local community in need after the life shattering tsunami. Many would have retreated, not Karen! She saw the need to help and rose to the occasion.
After establishing the school and living an authentic Japanese life, they left to pursue her passions of cooking and headed for Italy. There she attending culinary school and later hopped across the Adriatic to see what Albania was all about where she has appeared on national television! This is where Karen called in from today and we had this inspiring conversation, so please enjoy and share!
Karen passionately promoting the kitchen as a place to inspire child led learning and discovering the beauties of the people and cultures that inhabit our world at her wonderful resource for all things Homeschooling and Self Directed Learning, Our Kitchen Classroom.
Ep19 with Scott Noelle
Today we welcome the veteran Homeschool author and family coach Scott Noelle. Scott co-founded The Alliance for Self Directed Education and offers creative empowerment strategies that can transform your parenting and all your relationships.
Through Scott's blog and coaching at The Daily Groove, he focuses on four positive pathways to power: Partnership, Authenticity, Trust, and Heart, a way of thinking and responding that creates powerful, joyful, satisfying, enduring connections.
Ep18 with Erica Goldson
Erica Goldson is famously known as the Valedictorian who spoke out about the "one size fits all" outdated school model and whether school can even test for living a happy, meaningful and fulfilled life? Or those much needed qualities in today’s world of co-operation, critical thinking, compassion and empathy?
As Erica, many of us looking back now may feel school was far from ideal often feeling like a task to complete, where our passions and creativity were shunned. Many of us may have missed out on having that crucial time as a forming young mind with the space and encouragement to nurture those special sparks which make our heart sing, which Erica is now discovering and living on the road in Africa.
Ep17 with Ben Hewitt
To help us look at many exciting "less roads traveled" we welcome celebrated author and Homestead creator, Ben Hewitt. Ben is the author of the eye opening and humorous ride “Homegrown” and all the essential guide of celebrating soil and returning to The Good Life “The Nourishing Homestead". Ben knew from the age of 16 he wanted to live a more meaningful life which drew him to the country, where he and his wife found the time and space needed to provide food and adventure for their family and become pillars in their local community. Ben knew they would have to work hard overcoming endless yet rewarding challenges, but at the same time never answering to a boss, learning through living and getting to raise their children surrounded by lessons of the natural world.
Ep16 with Laura Grace Weldon
With many uncertainties facing each and every one of us, it is a real blessing to have a child's eye and take the time to reflect and see the world as it is... full of vivid colour, joy and endless intrigue. One such child's eye joins us this week, Laura Grace Weldon, to ponder this awe. Laura is the author of Free Range Learning and distills to us all the peace found in resting in a heart centered living.
Ep15 with Isaac Morehouse
With half of graduates saying their degree is not relevant to their job, we have to ask is it still worth having one and can timely and applicable work experience be more valuable? Today we welcome the endlessly positive and always inspiring Isaac Morehouse, the CEO of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program founded in 2003. Praxis has a proven track record with hundreds of students starting careers they enjoy with big and bright futures.
Ep14 with Shauna Reisewitz
Homeschooling Adventure is absolutely essential. This comes in many forms, from setting up a Homeschool co-op, sharing 3 days a week with like minded families, seeking out local experts to provide group workshops, or entering the endless world of passionate tutors on line. Today we welcome Shauna Reisewitz to unpack the myth of high school and how teens and young adults can excel in finding and pursuing their passions.
Ep13 with Cevin Soling
Today we welcome the Director of The War on Kids, Cevin Soling. The 2009 documentary received worldwide acclaim and has been featured on The Colbert Report and TEDx, praised for taking a honest and somber look at today's compulsory school system, which resemble prisons rather than places of learning.
Ep12 with John Wilkerson
One of the biggest advantages of Homeschooling is the ability to learn anything at anytime and most importantly at your own pace, which is something a one size fits all compulsory school system can never manage. Today we discuss all the amazing opportunities of welcoming technology into your Homeschool and address concerns such as screen time boundaries and child safety with John Wilkerson from The Wired Homeschool.
Ep11 with Cassi Clausen
Cassi is the Founder of The Open School in California and a true advocate of endowing children with a space that over flows with respect. They offer a space that truly acknowledges individual rights and seeing children as powerful, autonomous and endless creative beings they are. Instead of curriculum and classes, children learn through life and democracy. Instead of teachers, they learn from everyone. Miles away from conventional school values of obedience, conformity, and performance, they promote independent thinking, developing relationships, and deep learning, with no teachers, no classes, no curriculum, no tests, and no homework... and it works!!
Ep10 with Connie Allen
Connie Allen, aka the Joyous Family Coach, inspires and guides both young people and the adults who love them to discover, nurture, and express their Inner Brilliance. Connie specializes in helping moms and dads be blown away by their child’s amazingness and by the joy they feel being a parent without all the conflict, stress and worry. She teaches connecting with your child in a mutually nurturing way and the skills to communicate honestly and authentically.
Ep9 with Jerry Mintz
Jerrry Mintz as been a leading voice in the alternative school movement for over 30 years. In addition to his seventeen years as a public and independent alternative school principal and teacher, he has also helped found more than one hundred public and private alternative schools and organizations. He has lectured and consulted in more than twenty-five countries around the world.
Ep8 with Dr Brian Ray
Dr Brian Ray founded the Home Education Research institute in 1990 as a non-profit research organization and is the president. He is a leading international expert with regard to Homeschool research and renowned public speaker and expert witness in courts. In this expansive talk, we discover how much has changed since Dr Ray dipped his toe into the Homeschooling world nearly thirty years ago, what are the main reasons families choose to Homeschool and the fundamental question of whether far off unknown bureaucrats should have the responsibility of bringing up children, or parents should do. So many great topics covered today!
Ep7 with Dr Carlo Ricci
Professor of Education, author, and founder of the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning, Dr Carlo Ricci joins us as we discover how he uses nothing he studied in school in his role as a Professor of Education at Nippising University. We also discover how he raises his two daughters, who have had complete autonomy in all their decisions from birth, from their diet, learning direction and decision to attend public school. Dr Ricci is a caring member of the Homeschooling World and with his contribution of many great articles, books and journals on the subject, is a rock to lean on when understanding that kids are naturally curious and endlessly creative in engaging and learning from the world around them.
Ep6 with Lainie Liberti
Lainie Liberti is what I am sure most kids dream of in a mother! Adventurous, inspiring and always curious, Lainie talks to us about her and her son’s decision to leave the US and travel the world. We get to see how their journey unfolded into developing Project World School, which inspires temporary learning communities around the world. With her Ted Talk and podcast, Lainie has prompted many families to look at life as more of an adventure and we are taught there is no goal or test at the end, and this thinking shows us how schooled we are!
Ep5 with Pam Laricchia
In this beautiful talk, we get to know Pam Laricchia, a long-time unschooling mother from Ontario, Canada who hosts a weekly podcast “Exploring Unschooling”. The soothing tones of Pam`s insights take us back to her original fears about taking her kids out of school, to rapidly understanding and embracing the underlying philosophies of unschooling, and how it soon became apparent there is something even more fundamental that lies underneath the learning, and that`s our relationships with our children. Pam is a natural poet and reflects on how “learning isn`t about doing well at school, it`s about engaging with life.” She feels raising her kids at home has provided them with a lifelong love of learning, a deep level of self awareness and confidence in making choices.
Ep4 with Kerry McDonald
In this great conversation, Kerry McDonald, a mother of four unschooled children, a writer for Natural Mother Magazine, Forbes, NPR and Education Next and a Board member at the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, tells us how she first encountered a Homeschooling family and was amazed at the contrast in the children compared to those attending public school in their confidence, articulation and curiosity. We discuss Kerry`s journey from Harvard University, where she obtained a Master's degree in education policy, to becoming a true self-directed learning advocate. We are also excited discuss her new book, "Unschooled" and how Homeschooling is misunderstood and actually cultivates more social interaction and also encourages kids to find and then follow their true calling in life.
Ep3 with Dr Peter Gray
World renowned American educational psychologist (and always recommended as a great place to start any journey into the science behind how kids learn) Dr Peter Gray, who currently occupies the position of research professor of psychology at Boston College, takes a break from his winter skiing and joins us today. Dr Gray offers great insight into the importance of play for any child encountering the world and wishing to make sense of it. We get to understand how the role play had such an important influence in our biological evolution. Dr Gray goes on to enlighten us how the traditional school model is actually playing a major part in a "creativity crisis" we see prevalent in the world today, with students leaving university having no capacity to think for themselves.
Ep2 with Patrick Farenga
When a young, confident Pat Farenga entered the offices of the “father of unschooling”, the late great John Holt, he had no idea of how this man would shape and influence his life. In this great conversation, Pat tells us of his first encounters and later deep appreciation for John Holt´s real understanding of how children learn (and fail) through following their own innate curiosity to understand the world around them free from testing and peer pressures. Pat tells us how he always felt there must be something more than the monotonous public schooling he endured and how parental fears and a lack of patience to let their kids explore are the main reasons stopping us enjoying time with our kids. Great chat, great gentleman!
Episode 1 with Dr Ron Paul
Three time presidential candidate, founder of The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, podcast host and overall legend in his relentless pursuit of peace and broadcasting the message of liberty, Dr Ron Paul joins us today. We reflect on his family upbringing, the benefits of Homeschooling, how the school system has changed over the years and how he feels the conversation of the future of education is the most important one effecting our freedoms. Dr Paul is an amazing speaker and we get a rare glimpse of how he feels his involvement in providing a Homeschooling Curriculum and his passion in promoting The Homeschooling Movement in general, will be his furthest reaching and greatest legacy in changing the intellectual climate.
Welcome One and All
Join millions of like minded families from around the world as we embrace Creative Homeschooling and Child Led Learning.. how you can start or enhance your adventure, giving kids the autonomy and freedom they deserve! No more constant testing, peer pressure or unsafe school environments. Welcome to the future of education, to connecting with local families, to living lives full of creativity and joy.. Cheers!!