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Radical Unschooling is a progressive parenting philosophy, which includes children learning at home. It is different from homeschooling in that children are not forced to follow curriculum lessons and tests. Radical Unschooling philosophy focuses on trust of a child's innate ability to learn without coercion and invites children to explore their passions. The parent's role is to facilitate their interests and curiosity. Radical Unschooling - the book - focuses also on the evolutionary aspect of parenting and human consciousness. We are parenting and educating our children today to succeed in a joyful, productive life by following their passions, not someone else's agenda.

The main presentations are:

  • School is only one of many choices for our children in our technologically advanced world
  • Forced learning isn't effective and causes more damage than formerly thought
  • Respecting a child's choice and autonomy is an evolution of understanding and birth right of every human
  • Learning and life are not separate. Learning is pleasurable if it is not forced on us
  • Separating life into subjects isn't necessary or natural
  • Humans learn from all that they do and experience in life, not just what our culture deems ''educational''

The main focus of parenting today is obedience and meeting the needs of the parent. This has to change if we want our children to live in a peaceful world. Moreover, Radical Unschooling is just radical enough to herald a wake up call to our culture because of the truth the philosophy speaks.

©2009 Dayna Martin (P)2012 Dayna Martin

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  • Fancy
  • 24-09-2012

Incredible!

I loved every minute of this audiobook. The concepts presented really spoke to my instincts as a parent and what I want for my children. I love the way that the author follows the same "New Thought" philosophies that I live by. Excellent, excellent book. I only wish it was longer- though the material was covered very thoroughly, I didn't want it to end.

Thank you, Dana, for this life-changing book.

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  • Hinde Jellal
  • 28-06-2018

Cleared the concept for an Unschooling father

It was an eye opener for me as a father. My wife came to this conclusion naturally a while ago and wanted us to follow this approach, but I always felt left out and thought we are doing classical homeschooling. Now I know what to do and have already started receiving the love and respect of my children, which I was trying to receive by being an authority.

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  • M. Phillips
  • 26-07-2017

Wonderful Intro into Unschooling Lifestyle!

I absolutely loved this book!

The author guides through an easy to follow trail of introduction into an unschooling lifestyle heavily based on the author's family. It almost felt like she guided me gently into the waters to thigh high and then encouraged to dive in the rest of the way yourself.
Every concern I had got addressed as soon as it popped in my head which was very helpful. For example I love how she emphasizes that you can't expect to be perfect, and should expect to occasionally fall into the traditional way of reacting and thinking, which is encouraging because I'm nervous of having "perfection" loom over my head.

I loved the "Unschooling Moments" where the author describes actual instances of the positive effect the unschooling has had on her children and their family. I'd love to hear more as those felt like great examples to follow.

The only thing that was at times annoying was the narrator's way of speaking the dialogue almost in a mocking voice when other people were involved.

This book was very helpful and I can see myself coming back for refresher listens.
Thank you!

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  • E. Starr
  • 20-03-2016

Great content, Smug affectation

What made the experience of listening to Radical Unschooling the most enjoyable?

This mama has a great philosophy.

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I really like the ideas and philosophy of this mama, but the affectation of the narration is so smug. It seems like it is less about conveying the theory, more about conveying the superiority of the writer. Still worth listening to.

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  • Hayley Z
  • 19-07-2015

The author is full fo herself.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better content. So nothing.

What was most disappointing about Dayna Martin’s story?

This woman acts as if she is God's gift to parenting. The book is repetitive without offering many concrete examples or details. It really is just Dayna talking about how awesome and radical she is without really giving clear instruction about what exactly she is doing. She even thinks she should have her own show!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Linda Velwest?

Linda was fine. The content is terrible.

What character would you cut from Radical Unschooling?

Dayna Martin.

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The book is obnoxious and doesn't offer enough detail. I don't disagree with Dayna on her parenting methods - I just think she is a bad author and didn't set out to what she intended to do, which was tell people how she is unschooling so that they might use the technique with their children. More examples, less talk about how awesome you are!

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  • Lesley
  • 07-04-2021

Narrator sound like a computer

I think this is a good introduction, I would have a white more examples or how to... Was really hard to listen to the narrator, I would constantly cringe, almost like it was a computer reading the book..

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  • Hawthorne
  • 02-03-2021

Missed the mark

While I appreciated the author's enthusiasm for unschooling, her complete lack of awareness of her privileged place in society was painful throughout this book. She clearly believes that she manifested her good fortune through sheer force of will and positive thinking, and that if everyone else did the same they too could unschool their kids on 30 acres with enough money to follow their children's passions in any direction their hearts desire. I agree with her basic premise that unschooling is an important social movement that can be deeply healing to the relationships between children and adults, but she is only harming the movement by claiming we can all get there by creating vision boards and driving out any thoughts that are not pure sunshine and positivity. One can only hope that the children of these first generation unschoolers can take the liberation and freedom of thought that this method gave them and use it to break down these toxic ways of thinking so that the next generation can be truly inclusive and intersectional.

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  • Ezduzit
  • 24-02-2021

I love it!

Jeff Berwick, The Dollar Vigilante recommended this book for me. I'm glad he did. I was already doing half of what the book describes but was missing the crucial elements. Thank you for helping us see the world as it should be. God bless you and yours🙏🙏🙏

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  • None
  • 19-10-2020

Facinating, gracious book

I only wish it were a longer book. It was a delightful listen. She is an inspiration 💞

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  • Lisa Martin
  • 26-02-2018

Thank you!

Confirmation of what I already believed! My eight year old son has struggled tremendously in school. He's constantly being labeled. He has very little interest in what's being poured into his head. Yet he thrives when learning about something that he's genuinely interested in. We are going to do this as a family. Thank you.

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  • Avido
  • 29-06-2018

A load of drivel.

There are plenty of informative books on this topic but this isn't one of them. It reads like a blog and granted what she had to say is very interesting. I was intrigued to know the story of the author and so I googled her. But I really I wish I hadn't! It's a strange twighlight zone type place. Don't waste your time. Just listen to something by John Holt.

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  • April
  • 19-04-2018

first audible book

narrator doesn't sound natural enough for me to robotic, would of enjoyed it more otherwise

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-2021

Fantastic book.

This book is so inspiring. It's full of positive advice on how to start unschooling. After listening to this I wish the author all the luck in being an advocate for this movement. I hope in the future this will be the way for our beautiful children, for they are so important and our
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  • Eve
  • 09-07-2015

Inspiring

Thank you Dayna, this was very inspiring. This audiobook touches on much more than just 'unschooling', including life philosophy, parenting and improving your relationship with your partner.
I found all these topics useful, particularly the part about improving communication with your partner when you are starting to follow a path that is unknown to the other, this does take time in practice.
Dayna is also a follower of the motivational speakers / authors Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer which is clear throughout the book.

My daughter is currently in school but this audiobook has given me further courage and confidence to take the step to unschool when the time feels right. I am looking forward to the summer holidays when we can live that lifestyle.

This is a great self help book for any free spirited, gentle parent!

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  • anna kusynova
  • 01-11-2017

Superb!!

One of the best and most useful tips.
Recommended to all adults because it's time to change.
Thanks

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  • @ahcperrin
  • 18-06-2017

A good book to expend your unschooling knowledge

This is a radical book. I find it hard to agree with all the concept of radical unschooling. I would have liked the author to give more examples. Each concept is often backed by only one example while I would have appreciated the examples of several families.

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