Recommended Reading List

Please consider supporting The Alternative Education Resource Organization by purchasing books from them (most of the following titles are available on their online store). Some of these books are also available in bookstores and libraries (all may be bought online), as well as in our own school library. Please remember that these books do not represent the school’s specific philosophy, but many do support it or are of interest in relation to alternative education.

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto

How Children Fail by John Holt

Freedom and Beyond by John Holt

Escape From Childhood by John Holt

Instead of Education by John Holt

Deschooling Our Lives by Matt Hern

Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Childrearing by A.S. Neil

Making It Up As We Go Along by Chris Mercogliano

Teaching the Restless by Chris Mercogliano

The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses by John Breeding, Ph.D.

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich

Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

Free at Last by Daniel Greenberg

Legacy of Trust by Mimsy Sadofsky & Daniel Greenberg

The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn

Parenting for Social Change by Theresa Graham Brett

If there is a title that you feel should be included on this list, email us with full title & author, and we will consider adding it. Suggested titles should be relevant to the free schooling/ unschooling movement and should be of use to those trying to choose an educational path for themselves or for those trying to support the young people in their lives in making choices.

Education Websites

Alternative Education Revolution

John Taylor Gatto

John Holt and Growing Without Schooling

Rethinking Education Conference

AERO Conference

Albany Free School

Brooklyn Free School

Village Free School

Sudbury Valley School

Community Member Websites

HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy & Literacy)

Bamboo Bodyworks

The Last Organic Outpost

Sonic Visions Artist Cooperative

4 Part Project for Change – Art / Healing / Education / Sustainability