Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Monday, January 12, 2015

Class Dismissed

On Saturday we attended the showing of Class Dismissed, a film about learning outside the classroom.

Excellent film featuring some of our old friends from Portland.  It made us all homesick!

After the screening, Willow and Aspen participated in a discussion panel with our good friend, Dr. Jen Schwartz, the founder of Sego Lily School (where Willow attends part time),  Andrew Jones, Expeditionary Program Director & Student Advisor at Realms of Inquiry and John Hansen, works with the State of Utah Parent Group.  Willow was representing an unschooled/Sudbury school student and Aspen was representing a "graduated" Unschooler.  They did a great job.

Here is some info:

We live in a time where education is under siege from every angle; over-testing, teacher layoffs, overcrowded classrooms, budget cuts, and failing grades.

In response to such grim news parents all across America are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the state of public education, and a growing number are choosing to pull their children out of school to seek alternative ways to educate them.

Class Dismissed will focus on the topic of education, specifically, alternative ways of learning outside of the traditional classroom. There are many choices when it comes to teaching our children, and Class Dismissed will ask some big questions:

What does it mean to be educated in the 21st Century
Is it possible to get an education without attending school?
Can learning outside of the classroom really provide a nurturing and educationally rich experience in which children can grow and blossom?
Class Dismissed will challenge its viewers to take a fresh look at what it means to be educated, and offer up a radical new way of thinking about the process of education.


Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in L.A. pulls their two kids out of school and takes their education into their own hands. Class Dismissed takes a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and explores the rapidly growing movement of parents providing an education outside a classroom setting.

More information on the film at:

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