From the Wikipedia Page on Grace (as of Nov ) Llewellyn published the Teenage Liberation Handbook through her publishing company, Lowry House. The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education, which was published in by Grace Llewellyn, is a book focusing. The Teenage Liberation Handbook. Grace Llewellyn Homeschooling parents of teenagers are rarely teachers, in the school sense of the word, and this book.

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Author of The Teenage Liberaation Handbo ok. Wikipedia Page on Grace. After teaching for three years, Llewellyn came across the work of John Holt a pioneer in youth rights theorywhich led her to re-consider her approach to education. Inat age 26, she wrote The Teenage Liberation Handbook: Th book concludes that education is greater than school, and aims at presenting high-school-aged teenagers with a viable alternative to the United States’ compulsory school system.

Llewellyn uses examples of rural and urban teenagers who choose various, alternative paths of intentional learning, and she details a variety of possible ways that teens can peruse a rich and multifaceted education and go on to attend college, without attending high school. She emphasizes using personal interests as motivation to learn liheration a meaningful, real-world context. Instead of such waste, she contends that teens should quit school and take charge of their own learning.

Llewellyn backs her claim with hundreds of pages of practical suggestions on how to claim responsibility for your educational life.

Since its release, the book has sold tens of thousands of copies, and in it was revised and released in an international edition. Handobok offers campers support in perusing varied avenues of education by connecting them with a pool yrace unschooling peers about other campers per session and an eclectic staff. I guess you could say that I first got involved with homeschooling at the end of my first year as a substitute teacher, in I was twenty-three at the time.

II had spent a year in the public school system of Oakland, California and up until that point, had been totally committed to the idea of teaching in the public schools. All of my ideas about what was possible well, most of them were shattered during that year. I started to see it in a much more structural sense, why things were the way they are. So I started brainstorming about what I could do instead. Now I think that I have some different ideas about that, but at the time I felt like I had this mission, that liberal Save the World thing.

These kids need good teachers! What could I do instead of that and instead of public schools? I came up the idea that maybe I could lineration my own little tiny school, like ten people, and it could be really, really cheap because there would be little overhead and we could rotate between five different houses, all staff.

I am pretty sure that it was Instead of Education. Everything changed at that point. I opened the book, read a few pages and it was over.

My assessment of my whole life changed. My plans, my dreams, my beliefs about education changed in a few pages. Suddenly I would have all of these thoughts and I would feel that they were my thoughts. But then I would look back on the book I was reading and Oh, I had just read that. I immediately incorporated his thoughts as my own.


It sounds like a cult or something. It made so much sense to me, though. I was this person who had gotten wonderful grades and knew nothing, who had very few skills. I floundered around for about a year, doing different things, subbing a little bit more and mostly traveling.

Then I gave up. By giving up, Liberatioj went back into teaching again. I taught at a private school for two years. In retrospect, I think that it was good that I did give up, because I very much had one extreme and the other; I was in the huge, very poor public school system of Oakland, California and then I was in this tiny, wonderful as far as school goes private school where I could do anything I wanted in terms of curriculum.

It was so unlike public school in that sense; I had complete freedom. My handboo were wonderful, I knew them all there was only twenty of them.

These kids are going lleewllyn go to school, anyway. It is okay that you are in it. To have had those two extreme was very beneficial. They were still school, they were still adults telling kids what to do. They were still kids without a life.

I would say that I got involved then with the homeschooling movement by writing The Teenage Liberation Handbook. The research I did for the book involved visiting homeschoolers, sending out surveys, writing to them and that was pretty much how it happened. This is pretty funny, actually. By this time, when I decided that I really could not teach, it had been two years at least since I had discovered John Libeeation and I had read almost everything he had written but not everything.

He had been dead at that time for about four, five years. He was such a real person to me.

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Somewhere in my handbiok I thought that I would hndbook to this person. I had never liberatio to an author, but I thought that at some point I would probably contact him. So I was thinking, and as I was pondering the idea I was holding one of his books in my hands. My mind was spinning with the idea and I looked down. For the first time, it registered that on the back of this book it said John Holt, ! The earth shook under my feet and I think that I ran to some other John Holt book I had in the house.

I was totally stunned. I decided at that point it was up to me to write the book. But I thought in terms of brochure, pamphlet or tiny booklet. Essentially, a resource list. But I would say: Then I decided that this was going to be a book.

For me, there were a few blocks I had in the beginning. That disturbed me a lot in the beginning. It was a big block, but I totally got over it. It took me a while. There are a few frontiers I hope will get pushed. Ten years ago, one of the big frontiers was college and admission.

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education

Yes that is possible. In most states, you have to have a medical school degree, but there is no law, there is no formal requirement that in order to get into grad school you have to have libertaion undergraduate degree.


But it is not yet something that is visible. It is not so much pushing a frontier, as it is an inspiration that will come back to homeschooling families and back to teenagers and younger kids, too, who will see what grown-up autodidacts have done with themselves and can do. By the same token, as those people continue to interact with others who were not homeschooled, more adults, I think, will think about such issues and get the sense that they can take more control of their own lives.

Also, a really big thing right now, which is about my personal life but also potentially about my work is that my husband and I really want to buy some land and live in a bigger space, outside of town, with some other people.

One possibility is that we will be able to create a multipurpose center. I would like to have dance retreats and she would like to have yoga retreats. It would be more of a “center. There would be certain things that it would not be, however, and there would be clear agreements like if you stayed a night it would be five bucks plus a couple hours of helping with the kitchen.

If that were incorporated into a larger living situation where we were out in the country, it could be much cheaper, much more informal. We were paying city rent with the original Genius Tribe. This could be something much more low-key, semi-camping. Actually, you saying that is just one more little reminder: It was partly Genius Tribe not working out as a resource center, but still wanting some kind of contact with kids. It is not a very efficient use of my own energy.

I think that I am a good writer, so if I put the same amount of energy into writing, I can come up with so much more than one little hour speech that is tape-recorded and now available for people to buy! Often I am scheduled to sit down with the teenagers for an hour or two hours. This group of sixty kids and me for two hours. This is the contact I am having with homeschoolers? This is not enough. I wanted something more. The camp seemed like a good thing.

From An Interview The link no longer works — I guess you could say that I first got involved with homeschooling at the end of my first year as a substitute teacher, in Is that even possible? Are there any other envelopes homeschoolers will push? What are you excited about now? It sounds like Genius Tribe all over again. Can you tell me about the Not Back to School Camp? What initially spurred you to concoct such a getaway?

Why “like,” not love?