Kathleen Kesson @ NWPL
Education professional Kathleen Kesson comes to Woodstock to discuss her new book Unschooling in Paradise, in conversation with local author & educator Ron Miller. Join us at Norman Williams Public Library to learn all about Kesson's personal experience with the possibilities of education beyond mass schooling.
About the Book:
Unschooling in Paradise is the story of one family’s earnest, imperfect, and occasionally hilarious attempts to create a life based on voluntary simplicity, sustainable living, equal and compassionate relations, free thinking, exploratory learning, and cultural creativity. It offers a unique window into the amazing things that can happen when learning involves no lesson plans, no required subjects, no curriculum standards, no time outs, and no tests. With warmth and humor, it challenges conventional wisdom about how best to educate children and points the way toward what we need to do to create learning spaces that are humane, just, joyful, relevant, and creative places where children want to be and parents want to send them.
About the Author:
Kathleen Kesson is Professor Emerita of Teaching, Learning and Leadership in the School of Education at LIU-Brooklyn. She is the former Director of Teacher Education at Goddard College, and was Director of the John Dewey Project on Progressive Education at the University of Vermont. Prior to her scholarly career, she was a professional dancer, actor, choreographer, teacher, and community activist. Her work appears in numerous academic journals and in the books Curriculum Wisdom: Educational Decisions in Democratic Societies and Understanding Democratic Curriculum Leadership (both with James Henderson) and Defending Public Schools: Teaching for a Democratic Society (with Wayne Ross). She now lives full time in Barre, Vermont, where she is deeply involved in research on personalized learning in Vermont schools. Learn more about her at: https://kathleenkesson.com/
This event is free and open to all.