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Here is an incredible poem by Jo May entitled "Living in a Box."


The Alternative Education Resource Organization - (AERO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by education expert Jerry Mintz to advance learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications for educational alternatives around the world. Check out the link site for extensive journals, publications, and resources.


Alternatives In Education - Dr. Robert Fizzell has worked in the field of public education for over 30 years to develop a system which would provide quality education for all members of the society. Excellent articles on alternative education and other sites too.


The Learning Collaborative .Org - is a collaborative early childhood resource website with a collection of articles that explore key ideas, thinkers and practices within early childhood education and lifelong learning.  You will also find many practical resources to support young children's exploration of the world.


Cafe Progressive - is a progressive launch pad and a thriving independent and alternative community of progressive resources and ideas for teachers and educators, political activists, multicultural students and citizens.


Free2be - The Free2be website hopes to help challenge current perceptions about what education is all about. It suggests that the old systems are no longer relevant to today's technological society and that education should increasingly be about valuing learning, thinking and feeling abilities over the simple acquisition of knowledge. It brings together the work of people worldwide who are actively exploring the nature of human consciousness and potential and it calls for a new way of learning that is about the freedom and fulfillment of the individual.


All Kinds Of Minds - is a non-profit institute for the understanding of differences n learning. "All Kinds of Minds provides programs, tools, and a common language for parents, educators, and clinicians to help students with differences in learning achieve success in the classroom and in life. Founded in 1995, All Kinds of Minds is a private non-profit Institute affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, that offers a powerful system of programs for helping kids succeed."


Sudbury Valley School - Sudbury Valley School is a private school in Massachusetts where students (from age four on up) are free to do as they wish during the day, as long as they follow the school rules. The campus is "open" and people may come and go as they please, without having to check with an office or other such nonsense. No one is required to attend classes and, indeed, classes are rare and bear little resemblance to the usual notion of a "class". There are no tests or grades of any kind. Students and staff (teachers) are equal in every regard. The students and staff refer to each other by first name, and the relationships between students and staff can't easily be distinguished from the relations between students. Excellent articles!


Alternative Learning Exchange - This homepage is based in The Netherlands and was created to facilitate communication between adults and children of different countries and cultures who are interested in alternatives to traditional systems of education, and perhaps interested in participating in the creation of such alternatives.


The Clearwater School - In Seattle and based on the Sudbury Valley School, the Clearwater School consists of students and staff who have each committed to being responsible members of the school community. The school is a rights-based community in which all members are free to exercise their rights and are protected from infringement or coercion by others.


Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ - Answering the common question, "How do homeschoolers get into college?", this site provides links to more than 650 colleges that have admitted homeschoolers.


Democracy.Org - The DEMOCRACY.ORG mission is to: promote education for democratic citizenship, create and strengthen "learning organizations," assist individuals and organizations to make and act on decisions based on ethical principles, and promote character education and service learning.


Family Unschoolers Network - From their intro, "The Family Unschoolers Network provides support for unschoolers, homeschoolers, and self-directed learners. If you are interested in unschooling, homeschooling, self-directed learning, or just learning in general, then this is the site for you! You will find newsletter articles, reviews, resources, web sites, books and lots of other information to help your homeschooling or unschooling efforts."


Internet Public Library - The Internet Public Library Project seeks to challenge and redefine the roles and significance of libraries in an increasingly distributed and digital world. Libraries have always been places of learning and excitement, opening new worlds of information, enlightenment and entertainment to all who enter. Libraries and the people who work in them are committed to democracy and equality of access, the dignity of their patrons, and the freedom to express and investigate all points of view.


Learn in Freedom! - Karl Bunday, organizer of this site, writes, "It is clear that school attendance is something distinct from learning. Today, hundreds of thousands of children are learning outside of school all over the world, just as many of the founders of the United States learned mostly outside of school. Technological trends suggest school is obsolete, so it's worthwhile thinking about other channels for learning and for discovering new knowledge." He provides links to many such channels here.


Liberty School - Liberty School, a learning community where teachers and students collaborate in running the school, offers students in grades 9-12 a diverse and innovative educational program that merges challenging academic skills with artistic work and other educational opportunities that will enable young people to meet the demands of the 21st century.


National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools - NCACS is a non-profit coalition of schools, groups, and individuals committed to participant control of education.


Natural Life - As they say, "On this site you'll find hundreds of pages of information about sustainable living, including alternative perspectives on the events of the day, current and back issues of Natural Life Magazine, access to hard-to-find books and much more."


The Option Institute - The Option Institute and Fellowship is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 grounded in a uniquely self-accepting and empowering process which has profound educational and therapeutic applications. They offer a series of intensive personal growth programs for individuals, couples, families and groups who are either challenged by adversity or who want to improve the quality of their lives by becoming happier, more effective, and more successful.


Paths of Learning - From their site: "Paths of Learning aims to inspire parents, educators, and others interested in educational policy and practice to consider diverse ways in which children and adults can gain meaningful, integrated knowledge and develop their own most authentic potentials."


World Wide School - For whatever reason, many people may find it difficult to broaden their education by traditional means. Attending high school or college can seem like an impossible dream. World Wide School, offering a free education on a variety of topics via the Web, is one of the best places on the Internet to learn just about anything. Just read, click and learn. The site is dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of educational material. To participate in the World Wide School all you need to do is to invest your time.


Home School Legal Defense Association - HSLDA works to protect the freedom to home school and defend homeschoolers who come under the attack of various federal, state and local governments and bureaucracies. Look here regularly for alerts to the latest legislation that could affect your right to home school your children.




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Updated: 11/27/14