“Knowledge that is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” (Plato)
The Irish Unschooling Conference 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.
This year we welcomed evolutionary psychologist Prof. Peter Gray who came from Boston for the conference and spoke about his research in the area of children’s natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. Dr. Paula Rothermel joined us from Switzerland and she discussed 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 also shared their experiences. There was a session on home educating children with Special Needs. Hollie McNish and Erin Fornoff performed their poetry and over and there were discussion groups for parents.
We are delighted to announce Natasha’s Raw and Living Foods as our sponsor
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