Whether you are just beginning to investigate education alternatives or if you've been outside of the brick and mortar institution for awhile and are seeking to expand your horizons, here's the short list of our top picks to get your started toward understanding the benefits of homeschooling in general and self-directed learning in particular.
Many of these selections include resources offered by people and organizations we are affiliated with by membership, education or personal relationship, and are considered by many to be the first and second generation of alternative education innovators and leaders. These are our roots, and shape the branches we humbly extend as an alternative education & resource center.
Excellent books related to questioning traditional education
and allowing children freedom
How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Written by former Stanford Dean of Freshman, this book explores the results of overparenting, shows how overparenting prevents kids from growing into adults, and points out the necessity of space and freedom for children to experience growth.
While it focuses on children in school, the message is clearly about allowing children space, liberty, and the opportunity to learn from their own mistakes.
This book pushes parents to allow children more autonomy and and tries to assure parents that the world is not as dangerous as the newscasters would have you believe.
Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith
Is written by a leading educational expert and a leading business expert. This book starts by summing up the failures of traditional education and then explores in depth possible ways to "fix" the educational system by 1) Increasing student choice 2) increasing relevance and allowing application of learning through open ended cross curricular problem solving 3) learning based on interest and skill instead of age, and 4) discussion. While it is highly focused on presenting "fixes" for traditional education, it is full of excellent ideas and perceptions and makes very strong arguments for questioning curriculum learning and instead choosing interest based learning that is applicable to real life.