I'm curious how it's going too. I'd be happy to help -- there are certainly various people doing things that totally do away with the traditional model of school, but so few people know about them.
For example, North Star Teens
and its Liberated Learners model
basically provides a completely voluntary learning center, mentors and community that supports unschooling/homeschooling.
Agile Learning Centers
, based on democratic schools but with less of a focus on meetings and rulebooks and with the addition of some practices from Agile software development, is another one.
And there are various kinds of Sudbury-inspired and other democratic schools around where students are given equal power to make decisions with staff, and generally there is freedom to do anything during the day as long as it fits with democratically-decided rules. All classes are optional and with Sudbury, only provided when students explicitly ask for them. There are some videos about one Sudbury School, Hudson Valley, at http://sudburyschool.com/
And, a lot of unschoolers and homeschoolers in general also develop smaller local co-ops, that can offer voluntary classes, meetup opportunities etc.
And I'm working on an online version of these kinds of programs called Catalyst Learning Network
, with even more of an emphasis on helping people leave school when their parents aren't so into homeschooling and unschooling.
The shared idea with all of these models is to really start from scratch with the needs of learners (and their families) without the main starting point being the things traditionally done in school. I think if many more people learn about these models and start implementing more of them, it could open up a lot of options for people stuck in traditional school.
I've researched all of this a lot but I think the key is transforming the information and examples into the most accessible formats possible; I'm thinking YouTube videos and yeah maybe some kind of book could be good but it has to get people's attention and get them from "School is all I know" to at least potentially saying "I'm ready to do something new tomorrow! And I have a plan to do so!" even though that is all too rare to hear.
Also there's a fair amount of information about alternatives on Peter Gray's site Alternatives to School
, especially in the many many blog posts there about various things people are doing.