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Growing Without Schooling Magazine: You Don’t Have to Go to Grow

Medford, MA, Sept. 14, 2011: Holt Associates Inc. announced today that all issues of its historic magazine, Growing Without Schooling (GWS), are now available for free public access at its website. Growing Without Schooling is the nation’s first magazine about homeschooling, unschooling, and learning outside of school, founded by the late author/teacher John Holt in 1977.

“Now, when teachers and tests are getting all the attention in education reform, the complete issue archive of GWS is more evidence for the public to consider that learning is a result of the activity of learners; it is not necessarily a result of teaching,” says Patrick Farenga, president of Holt Associates Inc.

www.holtgws.com also contains significant amounts of new information about John Holt and his work, including never-before-released video footage of Holt, photographs, and newly digitized audio files of interviews and lectures by Holt where he discusses how schools could be improved.

At a time of conformity and standardization in school, unschooling proves that there are many different schedules and ways to individualize education for children. GWS also shows how it is things like good health, good food, solid relationships, caring adults, and freedom to explore the world that make a positive difference to the lives and learning of children, not expensive school technologies.

GWS documents 24 years of personal stories, news articles, research, books and the strong flowering of the homeschooling movement from 1977 to 2001. In 1977 there were perhaps 10 to 20 thousand homeschoolers and in 2001 it was estimated there were about 1.2 million homeschooled children. In 2011, estimates put that number over two million,” says Farenga.

HoltGWS.com presents many resources for helping school-age children, from teens to kindergartners, learn in their own ways, including getting into college or finding work worth doing without a conventional school background. Holt Associates is an education consulting company committed to freedom for learning.

For more information contact:
Patrick Farenga
Holt Associates/Growing Without Schooling
13 Hume Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

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In Memoriam: Ned Vare


It is with great sadness that we inform our supporters that a great friend and homeschool freedom champion, Ned Vare, has died.   Ned was a fearless fighter for educational freedom.

I first met him in 1990 when he was in the forefront of the effort to defeat government regulation of homeschooling in Connecticut.  He was wise to all the background, history, and rationale behind public schooling and homeschooling.

Over the years, he not only educated me on the ways of the educational world, but educated untold others.  He and his soulmate, Luz Shosie, met in 1973 at Ned’s ranch in Silt, Colorado.  Together they raised their son, Cassidy, without schooling, with what is not called UNschooling.  In essence, they wisely guided Cassidy in educating himself, an experiment, they say, that surpassed all of their expectations.

Ned and Luz were inspired by the writings of John Holt, and together, they started a support group for unschoolers and operated the Unschoolers Unlimited Newsletter for many years.  More recently Ned penned a blog entitled, “School Is Hell”.

Ned could always be seen supporting the right to educate in freedom at every gathering across the state, from his hometown in Guilford to Hartford and beyond. Ned was never afraid to confront any government official whom he believed was acting in any way to deny parents their rights.  Ned was tireless in his ability to engage legislators in quiet, polite, but persistent conversation educating them as to the rights of parents and why they should support educational freedom.  Ned was extremely successful at this endeavor and was instrumental in persuading many key legislators to support the rights of parents in Connecticut.

We are also fortunate that Ned, with Luz, wrote his thoughts about educational freedom in a book that I proudly keep in a most prominent place in my home.  It’s called “Smarting Us Up, the Un Dumbing of America”.  Ned was a true inspiration, who had a keen wit, a most engaging personality, and always the nicest smile.  I was proud to call Ned my friend, and he will be sorely missed.  A memorial service is planned for him at a date to be announced in the fall.

–    Deborah Stevenson – Exec. Dir., National Home Education Legal Defense

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