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Book of Learning and Forgetting
by Frank Smith
Paperback
ISBN: 080773750X, Teachers College Pr, 144 pages.

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Talks about "classical" vs. "official" learning. While not intending to, Smith gives complete support to the idea of unschooling.




Free At Last - The Sudbury Valley School
by Daniel Greenberg
Paperback
ISBN: 1888947004, Sudbury Valley School Pr, 184 pages.

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Vignettes illustrating the philosophy of this free school, as useful for un-schooling information as it is for showing non-coercive relationships with children.




How Children Fail
by John Holt
Paperback
ISBN: 0201484021, Perseus Publishing.

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Holt, a teacher, begins to understand why most children fail to develop their full capacity to learn, how adult teaching styles instill boredom, fear and failure, and ways to enrich learning at home and in school.




How Children Learn
by John Holt
Paperback
ISBN: 0201484048, Perseus Publishing.

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Left to themselves, children learn quickly and thoroughly. A good introduction to how much better we learn, when allowed to do so naturally.



The Self-Respecting Child
by Alison Stallibrass
Paperback
ISBN: 020119340X, Perseus Publishing 275 pages.

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This classic study of child development combines observations of children playing with insight into the nature and meaning of their games.


Summerhill School
by A. S. Neill
Paperback
ISBN: 0312141378, St. Martin's Press.

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Wonderful example of child-led learning and non-coercion.

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As useful for understanding what a non-adversarial relationship with older children looks like as it is for understanding a 'free' school.


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