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  • Paperback: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Lowry House Pub; Rev Exp edition (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962959170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962959172
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly Rose on May 24 2004
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This book is excellent. I sometimes wish it had a different name because a lot of people can benefit from it other than teenagers. I am a homeschooling mom of young children but I still got a lot out of it. Her philosophy is basically that you don't need a curriculum to learn. I agree with this. I liked her idea that you can still spend 4 hours a day doing "school work" but you do what YOU want to do instead of what someone assigns you. You do self directed learning. I have found that a solid math and grammar program is all you really need. In the end the SAT and GRE only tests you on your verbal/math skills anyway. Why waste time learning all kinds of subjects in the order some adult tells you to? The only subjects worth studying in a regimented manner in my opinion are math and grammar. Aside from that you should follow your interests. Now the author is a bit extreme in her views so I find you have to temper it with your own good judgement.
The warning is that she actually endorses experimenting with drugs. Pretty scary but she does. I find this very irresponsible of her. Fortunately I was able to work around that and read the rest of the book. You just have to realize she's a bit of an extremist so you have to just take what you learn from it and let the rest go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9 2004
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I just finished this book after unschooling my children for the past 6 years and neither has attended a school. It has reaffirmed my belief that unschooling CAN work and my kids will not flip burgers all their lives.
The book goes through every subject and gives lots of resources for unschooling it. I wish I had found this book sooner and I would have had many less sleepness nights, worrying about unschooling versus "school at home"! I am purchasing a copy to use as a reference manual in our library. Lots of volunteer organizations, internships, business ideas. Just an awesome resource for unschoolers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "sunshine_bunny" on Oct. 24 2003
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This book changed my life.
When I was thirteen, bored with school, I was given this book. It took me one long hard summer to convince my parents to let me unschool, but I did. I haven't looked back since.
When I read this book, my immediate thought is: "I am the luckiest teenager in the world to be given this book." I loved myself, my life, and I was so happy I was leaving. It also made me angry that I hadn't left school earlier, that I'd been tricked by everyone.
I know, I know. You're all wondering about social concerns, right? Well I go to school and have lunch with my friends once a week. I also occasionally stay after school with friends and watch football games or sports. I am involved in the school's after school activities and am considering joining our high school's choir. Just because you're leaving school doesn't mean you leave all of it's benefits! You recieve the best parts of both worlds!
However, unschooling is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I love it. I've learned so much more than school ever taught me, as much about life as about academics. If I don't do my "work," I don't just get a bad grade and forget about it. It still needs to be done, and I've learned to just do it.
In response to what another viewer said (It's harder to look in the library for something to give yourself in education--in school everything is laid out) I agree with that. It's true. I've learned how to look through a library and find that. I've learned to ask the librarians, my parents, and former teaches for suggestions. I've learned how to find things on my own. Also, someone mentioned that Grace "glossed over" things, and I'd like to say that I believe the reason she did that was because each state/country is different about how it deals with unschoolers.
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My only concern about this book is that if a teenager is trying to pursuade her parents to allow her rise out of conventional school she'll need to find another book to give them in order to broach the subject. This book, which is extremely informative for teens and dead-on to those of us in the choir, may be too in-your-face for those who have never heard of nor considered homeschooling as an option for their child. A parent must be approached carefully about the education of their student, since considering a change of this magnitude necessitates a deep examination of all those things most earlier generations have been told all their lives. A "radical" book is always attractive to young adults, but can be off-putting to their parents. Still, the author has paid her dues and has come out the other side informed and with a clear sense of purpose: To sway teenagers to search for a better education by taking control of their own schooling. It's an admirable endeavor and one with which I agree. But as a parent, I had to get beyond the confrontational approach in the beginning. Still, Llewellyn's intended audience IS teenaged, so I persuaded myself to give it 5 stars rather than 4 -- Powerful stuff.
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Grace Llewellyn's TEENAGE LIBERATION HANDBOOK is not an opinion. It is a real way to escape the dog-eat-dog hell that is the philosophy of all schools. There's nothing honorable about honors programs. It's elitism that enslaves good human beings. Llewellyn's book is a good place to learn how to destroy the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. I only wish that the book had been out 40 years ago. Going to school as a child did one thing--destroyed a bright cheerful human being who has spent decades trying to recuperate. I read her book four years ago and have found many things that were useful even to a 60 year old man with five accredited college degrees and numerous certificates and diplomas from non-accredited schools. Get your kid out of those damnable breeders of rotted intellect! Get Llewellyn's book!
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