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I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

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Starting to Homeschool Session 1: Why Should I Homeschool? (free for a limited time)
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Starting to Homeschool Session 1: Why Should I Homeschool? (free for a limited time)

This is from Pat Farenga, a homeschool advocate who worked with John Holt (originator of the term "unschooling.")

Pat's doing a series of webinars (streamed hangouts) about homeschooling. The model is, they're free to watch for 24 hours (or more) after they air. Beyond that, you can pay $99 for permanent access for all 6 episodes (this is the first one.)

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02-28-2015 08:51 AM
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RE: Starting to Homeschool Session 1: Why Should I Homeschool? (free for a limited time)

That's really cool. :O

Thanks, x!
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