Sandra Dodd on Unschooling
Interviewed by Michelle Barone
May 28, 2012
I didn't get to India in 2013. I did visit there in 2010 staying with Hema Bharadwaj's family.
When I put the file here in 2016, my kids were 30 (Kirby, living very near us, in Albuquerque with his new wife and her daughter who is 7), 27 (Marty, living with his wife of two years in our old house) and 25 (Holly, living and working near my hometown of Española).
Sometime later, in writing, I told the story of Nada and the penance, and said three or four years, but when I re-read that, I thought "No, it was two years." And so I'm glad I heard this. I'm sure it was two years. (I'm writing this after having helped people now for twenty-five years.
Links to pages I mentioned about "do it" and "gradual change":
Michelle said that it's someone's "god-given right" to be with their children. It's not, though. Laws that require school are not universal, but when there IS a law that requires school, because a nation has decided to require that, it's as real as laws get. Different states, provinces, countries have homeschooling laws because parents there have proposed, requested, pressured the government to allow them to homeschool. There are countries in which it has not worked. There are places where the restrictions are high. It's about legality, and not "god-given rights."
More details and links on a few things:
more on making better choices
A transcript of what I said at 36:50 and following is here: /considerations
Michelle Barone passed in 2016 of cancer. She was listed as an unschooling-friendly therapist on my site, and I knew her from conferences in California. This was part of an online Unschooling Summit. As it's no longer available for sale, I'm providing access this way.
—Sandra Dodd, December 2016