The Happy Child: Changing the Heart of Education

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In this thought-provoking book, best-selling author Steven Harrison ventures far outside the box of traditional thinking about education. His radical proposal? Children naturally want to learn, he asserts, so let them direct their own education in democratic learning communities where they can interact seamlessly with their neighborhoods, their towns, and the world at large. Most learning systems apply external motivation through grades, rankings, teacher direction, and approval. The Happy Child suggests that a self-motivated child who is interdependent within a community can develop the full human potential to live a creative and fulfilling life. Harrison focuses on the integration of the whole child, the learning environment, and the non-coercive spirit of curiosity-driven education.

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Steven Harrison is an international speaker on the topics of consciousness, human development, relationship and alternative education. He is the author of the new book What’s Next After Now as well as of Doing Nothing, Being One, Getting to Where You Are, and The Questions to Life's Answers. Harrison is a founder of All Together Now International, a charitable organization that provides aid to street children and the destitute in Nepal. He is also a founder of The Living School a learning community in Boulder, Colorado where he lives.

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"A clarion call for our culture to re-think what education—and the soul of a child—are really all about" -- Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., educational psychologist, author of Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds

"Such a nobly simple idea, that the true purpose of education should be happiness, and so clearly reasoned." -- Chris Mercogliano, author of Making It Up As We Go Along

This is a splendid book, offering fresh, new insights into a subject exhausted by truisms, pap, and let's pretend. Harrison's hard-biting social critique of the plight that children and education are in should wake us up to our atrocious treatment of our young, that we might actually address their critical needs rather than simply ignoring them as usual. --Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Magical Child, Evolution's End, The Biology of Transcendence, and others

I like this book. I marked several pages to return to and mull over. Harrison's model is radically different from our modern-day lives in general, but much of what he says will ring true for individual homeschooling families. I hope he writes another book where he can spend more time on the solutions now that he has defined the problems with our modern educational model so well. --Home Education Magazine

Addressing concepts of reality, the power of thought, and the dilemma of severance from godhead, this is a book that will make you think, even as its author challenges you to give up that troublesome habit, With a fiercely honest, tell-it-like-it-is style, Harrison challenges the individual to evolve beyond circumscribed forms of relating to that spontaneous place wherein life-and love-burst forth. --NAPRA Review

This small, elegant book is easy to read--should you be in the throes of love's madness, as it were, you still can concentrate on this book! Harrison's prose has a lovely, Zen-like simplicity that supports his powerful message. He offers specific ways to "throw it all out" and start over with your authentic self, tranquil in the calm center of it all, finally at ease with all the paradoxes and contradictions of your all-too-human existence. Give it up. All of it. And all of it will be yours. --New Age Retailer

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