Resources & Research
- www.northstarteens.org Founded by Ken Danford and Joshua Hornick in 1996, Northstar was the first learning center to use the Liberated Learners model our cooperative is based on, their website has many excellent resources and reflects the same values and ideas we are based on at BSLC.
- princetonlearningcooperative.org Founded by Joel Hammon, PLC is another Liberated Learners model learning center that is haveing great success in Princeton, New Jersey. Joel's advice and assistance has been very useful to us.
- liberatedlearnersinc.com/about/ Liberated Learners is a consortium of learning centers in the US and Canada started by Ken Danford of Northstarteens and Joel Hammon of Princeton Learning Cooperative. Bay State Learning Cooperative is an affliliate of Liberated Learners. We work closely with Ken and Joel and base our program on the Liberated Learners model.
- Students who have attended learning centers like ours succeed in life. Northstarteens has an overwhelming record of success. Read about it here: northstarteens.org/what-about-college/
- alternativestoschool.com/ A great resource clearing house for alternative schooling ideas and options.
- Patrick Farenga's website johnholtgws.com/ carries on the work of his mentor, John Holt, and has many excellent resources on home schooling and unschooling johnholtgws.com
- Peter Bergson's website openconnections.org for his home schooling resource center in suburban Philadelphia.
- Kerry McDonald's citykidshomeschooling.com/ is a great resource for home schoolers.
ARTICLES AND SPEECHES
- "How to create non-readers" alfiekohn.org/teaching/nonreaders.htm
- "10 Obvious Truths That We Shouldn't Be Ignoring" www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/duh.htm
- These and many other excellent articles can be found on Alfie Kohn's website: alfiekohn.org/index.php
- "School is a prison and it's damaging our kids" salon.com/2013/08/26/school_is_a_prison_and_damaging_our_kids/
- Ken Danford of Northstarteens on the Northstar model liberatedlearnersinc.com/2011-north-star-annual-brunch/?SSScrollPosition=0
- Ken Danford article published in Education Revolution: The Magazine of the Alternative Education Resource Organization liberatedlearnersinc.com/ken-danford-article-for-aero/?SSScrollPosition=0
- Also by Ken Danford, some words on how well students with alternative education backgrounds succeed in college liberatedlearnersinc.com/stop-racing-start-living-it-wo/?SSScrollPosition=14
- Free To Learn By Peter Grey
- Feel Bad Education By Alfie Kohn amazon.com/Feel-Bad-Education-Contrarian-Schooling-ebook/dp/B004EWFUY6/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381246143&sr=1-3&keywords=alfie+kohn
- The Teenage Liberation Handbook By Grace Llewellyn amazon.com/The-Teenage-Liberation-Handbook-Education/dp/0962959170
- College Without Highschool By Blake Boles amazon.com/College-Without-High-School-ebook/dp/B0097CWKT6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381250819&sr=1-1&keywords=college+without+high+school
- Unschooling Rules: 55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know About Schools and Rediscover Education By Clark Aldrich amazon.com/Unschooling-Rules-Unlearn-Rediscover-Education-ebook/dp/B0098O5FAE/ref=pd_sim_b_4
- Don't Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Anything By Kio Stark amazon.com/Dont-Go-Back-School-ebook/dp/B00CKTMUMK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=14NK8VZK1OF5H&coliid=I1SGG3U707T2EF
DOCUMENTARIES AND TED TALKS
- The War On Kids By Cevin Soling filmsforaction.org/watch/the_war_on_kids_2009/
- Race To Nowhere By Maimone Attia, Vicki Abeles, and Jessica Congdon racetonowhere.com/about-film
- TED Talk: "The Puzzle of Motivation" by Daniel Pink youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y
- TED Talk "How Schools Kill Creativity" by Sir Ken Robinson ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html