Welcome

Artist - Lily Tao (aged 14)

“Knowledge that is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” - Plato

This second Irish Unschooling Conference will take place on Saturday 16th May 2015 and is designed for all those who are interested in learning more about or are following an unschooling approach to Home Education.  This is an approach where there is no set curriculum and children and young people learn through everyday life and through following their interests, all the while accompanied and supported by those around them.  It is a legal and valued form of education in Ireland.  We invite all those interested in rethinking education to attend.

We welcome evolutionary psychologist Prof. Peter Gray who is coming from Boston for the conference and will speak about his research in the area of children’s natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play.  Dr. Paula Rothermel will join us from Switzerland and she will discuss her research into Home Education, which includes the largest sample of home educated children in the UK (she has also just published her collection of essays, including essays by Sugata Mitra, Alan Thomas and Harriet Patterson).  Parents who have followed a child-led approach to home education and a home educated adult and teenagers will share their experiences.  There will also be a session on home educating children with Special Needs.  There will be a discussion/social group for teenagers aged 14 and over and discussion groups for parents.  Please see the Agenda for further information.

“By “true learning” and “deep knowledge”, I mean children’s incorporation of ideas and information into lasting ways of understanding and responding to the world around them”  Peter Gray

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.  PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE CONFERENCE SOLD-OUT LAST YEAR

To take a stand or sponsorship at the conference please contact us below.

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