Books & Links to additional resources.

By no means a complete list : 

  1. The best resource for general books, magazines, alternative schools, and other resources is :  
    AERO - the Alternative Education Resource Organisation's website at www.EducationRevolution.org
  2. The best source for Natural Learning articles by real families is www.LifeLearningMagazine.com by founder and editor Wendy Priesnitz.

Education books that influenced me:

  • Challenging Assumptions in Education by Wendy Priesnitz (Alternate Press, 2000)
  • No Homework and Recess All Day by Jerry Mintz (Bravura Books, 2000).
  • By John Taylor Gatto:
  1. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (New Society Publishers, 2002)
  2. The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation into the Problem of Modern Schooling (Odysseus Group, 2000)
  3. Weapons of Mass Instruction: A School Teacher’s Journey into the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling (New Society Publishers, 2008)
  • Summerhill by A.S. Neil (Penguin Books,1968)
  • The Self-Organizing Revolution: Common Principles of the Educational Alternatives Movement by Ron Miller (Holistic Education Press, 2008)

Education books that are leaders in this domain:

  • By the late John Holt : 


  1. How Children Fail (Penguin, 1969)
  2. How Children Learn (Various)
  3. Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling (Da Capo Press, 2003)
  4. The Underachieving School (Pelican, 1971)


  • Alfie Khon :
  1. The Homework Myth (Da Capo Press, 2006).
  2. Punished by Rewards (Mariner Books, 1999).
  3. The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
  • Deschooling Our Lives by Matt Hern (New Society Publishers, 1998)
  • Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich (Harper, 1972)

Probably the most familiar author and speaker, that I have not yetread, Ken Robinson:

  1. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015 with Lou Aronica)
  2. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Viking, 2009)
  3. Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Capstone 2001 with Lou Aronica)