Book Review: Natural Born Learners

Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education was a nice addition to my unschooling education. The unique thing about this book is that it is a compilation of transcripts from radio shows. So what you are getting is a sampling of wisdom from a wide variety of sources who have some sort of expertise in the unschooling world, in a more casual style than you would typically read. This made for some fantastic chapters that you must read:

  • 3: Kumar: An Education in the Age of Climate Change
  • 8: Neufeld: Hold Onto Your Kids
  • 12: Gatto: What Does It Mean to Be Educated?

It also made for some chapters I could have skipped. You can usually tell right away if a chapter is resonating with you so after personally having read every chapter thoroughly, I would say just skip a chapter if it isn’t tickling your fancy (what a creepy expression).

Though some chapters weren’t of particular interest to me, there really wasn’t anything in the book that struck me as off. I may not adhere to every moral of their story but everything was helpful to hear about.

The highlight feature was my friend as I read through this book, nodding vehemently and not wanting to forget. I want to type out some of my favorite quotes for you but I just can’t choose favorites!

Overall this book is not a life changer and the writing itself isn’t amazing but the content is helpful and well rounded – a nice sampling of perspectives and wisdom if you are doing some unschooling “homework.” I can definitely see why they published this as a book as I wouldn’t want all this knowledge lost in the ether.

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