Calling All Teens
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This post concerns a very special need, of young people, that I trust your children will be interested in helping resolve. For a long time I have been wondering why it is that we rarely see the kids of Unschoolers on this and other Unschooling lists, especially those who have made the switch from public or state schools to unschooling.
Here in The Netherlands where one really has to fight to get an exemption from the school law, an increasing number of people are coming out of the woods and beginning to fight. However these numbers are very small compared with the (still public school) mentality. Even with the school system in the midst of falling apart, many parents are unaware of the possibilities, but especially the kids and teens in the schools. They really believe they need school or their life will be nothing.
But fortunately there are a few exceptions. A couple of kids who do understand these possibilities have created a web site to provide
information to young people throughout the Netherlands about Natural Learning and Unschooling. They have also created a mailing list, of the same name, on Yahoo for discussing the possibilities with kids who become interested.
Ravi, the 15 yo director of this project has realized that to reach more kids trapped in the prison of school, kids who are doing Natural Learning ~ Unschooling can go to the site and join the e-mail list to communicate with kids and teens from The Netherlands, so that the Dutch kids will begin to see that it is possible to be free from school and be much more happy, self confident, creative and successful on all levels of life.
Fortunately the Dutch kids are very language literate and English is practically the second language here. So we welcome any from Australia to please join them and help them become free too.
Ravi intends to build a network of Dutch kids who really understand what is going on and how they can create change in their situation. After all, it has always been the kids, directly or indirectly, teaching the parents about what's wrong with school. So why not a network of kids who have become aware and ready to speak up on their own behalf.
Site name is "School is Overbodig"
Please talk about this with your sons and daughters. The web site is at the following URL http://www.alternative-learning.org/school-overbodig/ The mailing list can be reached from the web site or directly @ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/school-overbodig
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