Past Meetup

Alternatives in Education - Saturday Symposium

This Meetup is past

8 people went

Every 6 months on the 2nd Saturday

CSLDallas

International Parkway 4801 Spring Valley Road · Dallas, TX

How to find us

Suite 113 then follow the signs to the Wood Room

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Details

There ARE viable alternatives to mainstream methods of education. School and "School-at-Home" are NOT the optimal method for MANY children.

Since the 1960's more and more families have been opting out of the curriculum driven & adult directed approaches to education in favor of "Life Learning" or "Unschooling." This approach to education can be achieved through Home Education, OR in Free Schools or Democratic Schools such as the Sudbury Valley Model.

The positive benefits to family life are numerous AND the educational results have proven over the years to not only be "adequate" in preparing children for adult life, but they often result in HIGHER levels of happiness and satisfaction with life during and after the school years. In fact, the vast majority of grown Unschoolers report that they plan to either Unschool their own children or opt for Democratic Schools or Free Schools that follow a Self-Directed style of learning over curriculum. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201407/what-do-grown-unschoolers-think-unschooling-iv-in-series

In this FREE 2 hour event we will explore Unschooling and answer your questions and concerns about this approach to education. You will hear about how other families have ditched the curriculum and FLOURISHED.

The discussion will be determined by the interests and individual questions of attendees, but included in the discussion will be:
~ educational philosophy
~ research into the way humans learn
~ self-directed learning both at home and in a school setting
~ practical solutions

All "levels" are welcome - whether you are just starting to explore this type of education, or you have been practicing it a while. Bring your questions and open your mind to the possibilities!

If you are new to Unschooling please read this link before attending so we can begin the discussion with a basic understanding of the concept: http://www.radiantlivingandlearning.com/what-are-unschooling-and-deschooling/

For further reading on Unschooling and Self-Directed Learning: http://www.radiantlivingandlearning.com/unschooling-resources/

If Home Education isn't for you, we will discuss Free School options in the DFW area.
To learn more about Democratic Schools, Free Schools and other Self-Directed Learning in a group or school setting: http://www.AlternativesToSchool.com .

Onsite childcare IS an option but RSVP's are required. If we can't find a volunteer to watch the kids (in an adjoining room to the meeting) we will ask families to pitch in to cover the childcare costs.

We will meet in Suite 113 - the Wood Room.
I’ll have signs up leading from the parking lot to our room. About the presenter: https://about.me/ChristinaTaberWester