Ep. 585: Sandra Dodd – On Unschooling and Choice


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Sandra Dodd is a world-renown unschooling and natural learning advocate, and the mother of three …

Sandra Dodd is a world-renown unschooling and natural learning advocate, and the mother of three adult unschooled children. Her website SandraDodd.com is one of the most comprehensive unschooling resources on the internet. She joins me for a fast-paced but fairly comprehensive discussion on her unschooling experiences, influences and philosophy.

From Public School Teaching To Unschooling
How did Sandra’s revelations as a teacher help her embrace unschooling?
How Sandra was able able to take ownership over her classroom.
John Holt and others informed Sandra’s approach to teaching

Unschoolers and Reading
Sandra share the stories of her three children learning to read, and how there might not always be clear incremental steps.

A Mindset For Unschooling
– "read a little, try a little, wait a while, watch" – patience
– what are we watching for?
– addressing problems a discomforts
– appreciation of choice and projecting optimism
– power-with, instead of power-over relationships, partnership
– beware of blindly "supportive" unschooling communities

Other Topics
– what’s the problem with the word "education"
– navigating unschooling resources and making connections in the early 1990s
– Influences: John Holt and the school reform ideas of the 1960s and 1970s, laboratory "open classroom" schools under the supervision of universities and why the effort to insert this into public schools failed

Other Episodes On Unschooling
The Relationship Benefits of Unschooling – With Pam Laricchia [PODCAST #557]
[PODCAST] #550: Unschool Adventures – Blake Boles (Part 1)
[PODCAST] #101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus

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Original source: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/schoolsucks/episodes/2018-11-09T07_54_46-08_00

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