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Book Review: Life Learning. Lessons From the Educational Frontier, Edited by Wendy Priesnitz

When I read the teaser for Life Learning. Lessons From the Educational Frontier, I wondered what this book would bring to me that I did not already get from a couple years of reading hundreds of articles, blog posts and books about life learning. I picked up the book rather skeptically but found myself immediately hooked.

The book is composed of well-selected and well written article, by a variety of authors, some known to me, some a little more obscure. It contains the writings of, among others, Wendy Priesnitz herself, Dayna Martin, Ann Lloyd, Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko and Naomi Aldort. They each give an insight in how they live their life learning life, the problems they encountered, the joy and marvel this brings. Some essays dig up deeper concerns about education.

Some thought provoking, some eye-opening and others enticing, the selected essays bring a beautiful array of everything life learning is and is not. The book has left me with innumerable wonderful quotes, many new insights and lines of thought and an eagerness to continue this life learning journey with my child and those to come.

I strongly recommend this book to everyone who is critical towards formal schooling, and all those who want to read about alternative education, even those who don’t unschool their children.

(…) life learning is a lifestyle, even a worldview, a way of looking at the world, at children and at knowledge, rather than a method of education or a place where an education is expected to happen.
– Wendy Priesnitz

For more information about this book, visit Natural Life Books; the book is available in softcover as well as in e-book. I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes.

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