About the Author:
Grace Llewellyn taught school for three years before unschooling herself and writing The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education. Her other books include Real Lives: eleven teenagers who don’t go to school tell their own stories, Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers, and, with Amy Silver, Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School. Ms. Llewellyn has spoken about unschooling to groups and conferences, given workshops, directed a homeschooling resource center, produced a mail order book catalog for unschoolers, and published an unschooling newsletter—all with the purpose of helping people (mostly teenagers) take more control of their own lives and educations. She is the founder and director of Not Back to School Camp (in Oregon and West Virginia) for unschooled teenagers, and enjoys a small bellydancing career on the side. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
From Library Journal:
It is estimated that today there are approximately 150,000 to 300,000 children being homeschooled in the United States. This book is different in perspective from those published over the past few years, such as Borg Hendrickson's Home School: Taking the First Step ( LJ 3/1/89); Jane Van Galen's Home Schooling: Political, Historical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Ablex, 1991); Michael Farris's Home Schooling and the Law (Home Schooling Legal Defense Assn., 1991); and Christopher Klicka's Home Schooling in the United States (Home Schooling Legal Defense Assn., 1991). Here Llewellyn, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How To Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education (Lowry House Pubs., 1991) has edited rich in-depth biographical and philosophical essays solicited from 11 teens who tell why they made the decision (with the help of their families) not to be "tamed" or stifled by traditional schooling methodologies and regulations. The essays shed light on what happens during a typical day in the lives of homeschooled individuals, how the teens became as educated (and self-confident) as they appear to be, what motivates them to learn, their views on homeschooling versus traditional education, hopes for the future, etc. Many misconceptions about homeschooling are debunked. This is essential for all collegiate teacher education collections and for those public libraries where interest in the topic abounds.
- Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
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