Interview of Jamie Maltman by Pam Laricchia

The following is a lightly edited transcript from Pam Laricchia’s interview of me on her podcast, “Exploring Unschooling” in the Fall of 2016. PAM: Hi everyone I am Pam Laricchia from livingjoyfully.ca and today I am here with Jamie Maltman. Hi Jamie! JAMIE: Hi. PAM: I am super excited to…

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Learning to Drive Informally

My son, who was unschooled from the age of seven until he was 16, turned 20 earlier this month (2015). A week later, he passed his driving test at the first attempt. About a year ago, when my son was approaching the end of Year 12, as it’s called here…

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Unsolicited Evaluation Is the Enemy of Creativity

Originally published on PsychologyToday.com at my blog, “Freedom to Learn“. In my last post I wrote of evidence that children’s creativity has declined over the past two or three decades, a period during which children’s lives, both in and out of school, have become increasingly controlled and regulated by adult authorities. Here, now, is…

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Interview of Rocco Laricchia by Pam Laricchia

The following is a lightly edited transcript from Pam Laricchia’s interview of me on her podcast, “Exploring Unschooling” in the Winter of 2017. PAM: Hi everyone. I’m Pam Laricchia from livingjoyfully.ca, and today I’m here with my husband Rocco. Hi, honey! ROCCO: Hello. PAM: It’s very cool—and weird—to have you…

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Interview of Daniel Cadzow by Pam Laricchia

The following is a lightly edited transcript from Pam Laricchia’s interview of me on her podcast, “Exploring Unschooling” in the Summer of 2017. PAM: Hi everyone, I’m Pam Laricchia from livingjoyfully.ca and I’m here with Dan Cadzow. Hi Dan! DAN: Hello. PAM: Hello, hello. Dan is a stay-at-home, unschooling dad…

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The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games

Originally published on PsychologyToday.com at my blog, “Freedom to Learn“. Quite a few parents have asked me, at talks I’ve given, about the advisability of their limiting their kids’ computer play. Others have told me that they do limit their kids’ computer play, or their total daily “screen time,” in a tone…

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Interview of Robert Gottlieb by Pam Laricchia

The following is a lightly edited transcript from Pam Laricchia’s interview of me on her podcast, “Exploring Unschooling” in the Fall of 2017. PAM:  Hi everyone. I’m Pam Laricchia from livingjoyfully.ca, and today I’m here with Robert Gottlieb. Hi, Robert! ROBERT: Hello. PAM:  Hi, how are you doing? ROBERT: Good.…

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