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How to Screw it Up—talk given in California in 2010
The notes are sparse, the talk is long, but that first recording ends abruptly (during questions).

Unschooling: How to Screw it Up

Michaelangelo said that to carve his statue of David, he just chipped away everything that didn't look like David. Or maybe he didn't say that. But clearly that's what he ultimately did. Here will be ideas to help you chip away what doesn't look like unschooling. It's not as difficult as you might think.

Found this quote on Joyce Fetteroll's page, with my name on it:

One easy way to decide how to be is to picture clearly what would make things worse, and then not do that. —Sandra Dodd

Listen to that one here or (if the player doesn't show) at The Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/SandraDoddUnschoolingHowToScrewItUp. It can also be downloaded from that site.

The list I was talking about is here: SandraDodd.com/screwitup


More and better

billboard that says 'There is no Poop Fairy,' with a photo of a cartoon dog pooping and a cartoon fairy, telling people to scoop their poop

The question "What do I have to do?" is a world apart from "What can I do?" "What am I allowed to do?"
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My kids have been really good employees wherever they worked because they were not trained to just do what they had to do and to just do as little as they had to do.


Small bit transcribed from talk I gave in August, 2010
called Unschooling: How to Screw it Up (that's this page)

photo by Sandra Dodd, which is related only by theme


Thoughts about Doing Better How much is "enough"? Being with a child