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Wendy Priesnitz · 8M ago

Grassroots Change – From the Ground Up

Grassroots change works from the ground up, rather than the top down. It does not rely on politicians, experts, corporations, or big non-profits. But it may be the most effective type of cha...
Wendy Priesnitz · 9M ago

Supporting and Nurturing the Mother-Artist

When I was pregnant with my eldest daughter, I was a textile artist creating large-scale, multi-fiber installations. By the time my second daughter was born, my experiments with color and te...
Wendy Priesnitz · 9M ago

Connections are the Solution to Life and Learning

“Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed. Connection is health.” ~ Wendell Berry The philosopher Aristotle introduced the principle of holism in his treatise Metaphysics, w...
Wendy Priesnitz · 9M ago

Dear Media: I’m Anti-Schooling, Not Anti-Intellectual

It’s that time of the year where I live: Kids are going back to school. Those kids who aren’t following the crowd back to school are used to fill the media’s need for novelty. I don’t do med...
Wendy Priesnitz · 10M ago

Experiential Learning is Children’s Work

Children’s ability to practice experiential learning through day-to-day living is the foundation of what happens in democratic schools and unschooling homes alike. Part of that experiential ...
Wendy Priesnitz · 10M ago

Lazy Learning

Lazy Learning – Interest-Based Learning is the Opposite of Lazy Few things seem to trouble parents more than the possibility our kids might be lazy. I guess it’s the legacy of that old Purit...
Wendy Priesnitz · 10M ago

Students are People Too: Why Language Matters

An acquaintance who is a former teacher asked me the other day how to shift other people – including educators – toward tolerance for, if not an understanding and appreciation of, how studen...
Wendy Priesnitz · 1Y ago

Homeschooling Research: Fish Climbing Trees

There’s a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein (although there is apparently no evidence connecting it with him): “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb...
Wendy Priesnitz · 1Y ago

Learning and the Power of Storytelling

Long before the beginning of formal education, the printing press, and telecommunications, storytelling was the means for passing information and wisdom from generation to generation. Whethe...
Wendy Priesnitz · 1Y ago

No Need to Scale Up Unschooling

So can we “scale up” unschooling? Not according to the newest point of criticism from the territory-protectors. After they’ve retired all the other nonsensical objections like lack of social...