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It’s been a while. Let me update you.
Kat is on hiatus right now, and has been for a little while. I (Renee) am elbows-deep in higher education. That means it’s been kind of quiet around here—sorry about that.
It also means there’s plenty of space for new writers and contributors!
If you’re a self-educating young person, please submit it for publication. Nothing fancy: if you tell the story, I’ll polish it up.
Want to try your hand at graphic design? Make us some original graphics.
Got a fascinating story to tell or some solid advice for rabid learners? Please, message me or use the submit function.
I can’t wait to hear from you all!
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Here it is, ladies and gentlemen: an (attempted) comprehensive guide to alternative education and some of the best resources and schools of thought, sorted by subject. Hopefully this proves helpful to someone!
Information on Alternative Education:
An Excellent FAQ (unschooling)
The Well-Trained Mind (Classical Education, also the book of the same name)
The Well-Educated Mind (Classical Education for adults)
Open Courseware Consortium (free!)
Education Portal (free!)
Khan Academy (free!)
Penelope Trunk’s Blog (excellent)
Questions About College:
Applying to College as a self-taught teen, part 1
Applying to College part 2
Inspiration for the Road:
Games: “Tycoon” pc games on (seriously), Sudoku, Monopoly.
How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
The Great Courses: Mathematics (expensive but awesome. Check the library and look for sales.)
Khan Academy: free, self-teaching videos from 3rd grade math to linear algebra and differential equations
MIT Open Courseware Mathematics (free, self paced college curriculum)
Coursera Math (free, taught online college courses)
Education Portal Math (free, self paced videos)
TV shows: Zaboomafu, WildKratz, Magic Schoolbus (also books), Nova and Nature.
Science Fiction books are underrated as an education tool! Read Asimov, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, H. G. Wells, and Ray Bradbury for some of the best. Refer to this list, too.
Books by Malcolm Gladwell (the softer sciences), Mary Roach (science history, a personal favorite), and the classic science writers like David Attenborough, Rachel Carson, Stephen Hawking, Rebecca Skloot, and Carl Zimmer. This is a good list to start out with, as is this.
Sci Show (various topics)
Reading, Writing, Literature:
TV shows: Reading Rainbow, Between the Lions.
Games: Boggle, Scrabble, Mad Libs (for the younger ones), Bananagrams.
Starfall—free phonics games
Phonics Pathways (for early readers, remedial readers, LD students, and ESL students. I learned to read from this.)
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
How to Read a Book by Adler and Doren
On Writing Well by William Zisner
MIT Open Courseware: Literature
History and Social Studies:
Watch documentaries. Ken Burns’ are spectacular. Cave of Forgotten Dreams is another favorite. Check here for some ideas, and also Netflix. Old History Channel stuff is usually pretty good.
History for the Classical Child series by Susan Wise Bauer
A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard Maybury (economics)
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt (economics
Historical Fiction Films like Les Miserables, the John Adams miniseries, Ben Hur, Casablanca, etc. Some good picks here.
I am going to suggest getting a private teacher or signing up for a quality class if you’re interested in the fine arts.
— Jack Kerouac, On the Road (via travel-quotes)