This is a terrific book! Written especially for teenagers and people with teenagers in their lives, it is also helpful for anyone who has ever gone to school. Grace discusses how to regain the natural ability to learn and be excited about it, ways of going to college, volunteering, apprenticeships, and more. Leans toward an "unschooling" approach, which Grace is able to superbly articulate. Popular for teenagers who plan on taking charge of their education, whether they are currently homeschooling, planning on homeschooling, or moving on to college. Highly recommended. This is the complete, international, revised and expanded edition. 443 pages.
This book can pretty much be summed up by mentioning its subtitle - How to quit school and get a real life and education. To leave it at that, however, would be a terrible disservice. Packed into its 401 pages are so many ideas and such wonderful insight that I can't even begin to do it justice here.
The book is divided into five parts, which combine to describe a complete program for adolescent self-education. In Part One, Llewellyn describes adolescence as "a time of dreaming, adventure, risk, sweet wildness, and intensity. It's the time for you to 'find yourself', or at least go looking." She argues that primal cultures better recognized the need for children this age to explore the mystery and magic that adolescence brings, describing modern schools as places that train people in "blind passivity and grey monotone."
Part Two explains how to get started, including the value of developing healthy relationships with adults, "To reach your fullest potential you need mentors, role models and teachers. That's not because you're a 'kid'. Adults also need mentors, role models and teachers in order to reach their fullest potential."
Parts Three and Four contain chapters devoted to learning science, math, social sciences, English, foreign languages, and the arts, as well as ideas for how using the community as a classroom and creating travel opportunities. She begins a chapter on apprenticeships by quoting John Holt, "If you know what kind of work you want to do, move toward it in the most direct way possible. If you want someday to build boats, go where people are building boats..."
Part Five describes the lives of unschooled teenagers. The idea here is to help children gain confidence in their ability to self-educate by learning what others are doing.