Unschooled, and finding out together
My annotated bibliography focuses on how various educational theories work in our particular homeschool setting in order to document, or map out, our educational journey.
McDonald, Kerry. (2019). Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom.
I have to confess that it took me over a month to read Kerry McDonald’s book, Unschooled. I would pick it up, read a few pages and then have to set it aside for awhile; and not always because of life interrupting. I came away with a love/hate feeling about unschooling.
Let me explain.
One of my master’s students expressed a desire for her professors to share the things that have most influenced their ideas about education. I love this idea. One my graduate professors assigned a genealogy project in Histories of Art Education and Policy, a similar exercise. I remember enjoying that assignment, and I return to this idea of reaching back to the people who have informed my thinking and practice as an educator (and coincidentally, or perhaps not so much, I do the same in my spiritual practice). Stacking stones as it were.
Ruth M. Smith
Community arts educator and researcher. Drinking coffee. Home educating. Making art. Listening intentionally.