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Insightful weekly commentary on news & current events from economist Antony Davies and political scientist James R. Harrigan.

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Unschooling and Encouraging Self-Directed Children

August 7, 2019

For many children, compulsory education and authority figures tend to inadvertently turn off their sense of curiosity and wonder about the world. Additionally, assigned districts can limit school choice for many parents and mandatory curricula can put unnecessary stress on educators. Are there solutions to these problems within the current framework? Is there any evidence to support changing the way we approach schooling to benefit children, parents, and teachers? Where did all these mandates originate? Join Antony Davies, James Harrigan, and special guest Kerry McDonald, author of Unschooled, as they discuss the public school system and more on this week’s episode of Words & Numbers.

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Beach umbrellas

Beach umbrellas 2

Candidates reticent to mention Obama

Foolishness of the week:

Soy sauce

Topic of the week: Unschooling:

Kerry McDonald

Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom

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