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Unschooling In South Africa – FAQ

Unschooling Distilled Unschooling is an education and living philosophy. As an education philosophy, unschooling is the practice of freedom in education and learning. The basic premise of unschooling is the recognition that all humans are natural learners and learn...

Unschooling As Social Change

Unschooling is that radical space of possibility of the practice of freedom where each of us can live up to our own images of who we are and who we can be. Unschooling is ultimately the practice of freedom! Currently western society, previously colonised societies and...

Unschooling Unpacked – A Semantic Musing

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, and also not so long ago and also still today in some spaces, children participate/d in their communities in whatever ways that were appropriate for their bodies and minds. They lived and learned simply from being part of the...

Bringing Up The Parents

For a long time I was in a warm comfort zone regarding my kids and their lack of interest in technology or television. I am from the camp that do not see any ‘real’ value in technology for young kids – believing firmly that kids need to be immersed in nature and other ‘real’ things rather than early exposure to any forms of technology.

Coming home to LSuC

I’ve had a long running relationship with the Learning Societies unConference (LSuC), since I first discovered it years ago. Of course, it’s been a one directional relationship. LSuC didn’t even know of my existence, but every year, I watched each event unfold, the...

Objections to Draft Home Education Policy

Draft Policy on Home Education – Objections Please find herewith a brief response on the gazetted draft policy on home education. It has been an extremely short notice period for detailed comments. To summarize, I object to the policy in its entirety for a number of...

Response to the Basic Education Law Amendment BELA

10 November 2017 Dear Adv. Rudman, Comment on Draft BASIC EDUCATION LAWS AMENDMENT BILL Please find my comments on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill. I am an advocate for the recognition of the full human rights of children, for respectful and nonviolent...

Corporal Punishment in South Africa – We’re Still Awaiting a Full Ban

Corporal Punishment in the home has yet to be banned in South Africa. There is a very slow progress to making this happen. The editor of Conscious Parenting Magazine spoke to Carol Bower to distill some of the issues in how a ban would look and the process as it was in 2014. It’s 2017 and we’re still not much closer to a ban.

Open Letter To Eusebius McKaiser

Eusebius McKaiser is radio presenter, political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer and writer. On the July 2, 2017 he posted publicly on his facebook page his witnessing of an interaction between a mother and child. It seemed like his post was shared with humorous intent....

My School ~ Rabindranath Tagore

In 1863, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, established a school modelled on the principles of humanism and sustainability, in Bengal, India. He later delivered a lecture in America which was subsequently published in Personality London: MacMillan, 1933.  This...

Schooling: It’s Not About Learning

There is a strong sentiment amongst education academics against children learning exclusively outside of schools. Professor Jonathen Jansen, Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of Free State, South Africa, recently shared this sentiment (to much applause) on...

Why we need to Reimagine Schooling and Education

I am well aware that to question the value of free and compulsory schooling is considered taboo by many people. After all, everybody has been sold on the concept that education, in the form of industrial schooling, is the magic bullet that will deliver humanity, end...

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