Unschooling

It’s My 35th Birthday! I’ll Share My Secret Wish!

A year ago on my birthday I had just gotten out of an abusive relationship. I was gearing up to go to a silent, ten-day meditation retreat and I was contemplating heeding the deep voice growing within that said, “quit your job.” As the school year ended, (I was teaching 5th grade full-time) I began…

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The Way I Am: My Story & How to Solve Problems

“If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti With the events of the Boston Marathon bombings, I’ve begun to share a little more openly that I question authority and am open-minded. It’s spurred some hot debate. Predictably,…

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I am Rachel and I Speak for the Children

It may seem strange, all my posts about “unschooling” or homeschooling. You may think to yourself, “Wasn’t she a school teacher?” “Doesn’t she still teach kids?” The answer is Yes. For a long time now I’ve been grappling with the wisdom of my heart, which says that our children deserve freedom to play, time in…

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Why You Should Unschool Your Kids

There’s a Native American story that in some tribes, to know how the tribe was faring, its members would ask: “How are the children?” I’ve been in public education in varying capacities for over ten years now. I’ve had my hands on the pulse of America’s youth. I can tell you, it’s not working. We…

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