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
  2. The best source for Natural Learning articles by real families is 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)