The Big Questions with Big John is an interview show where our own Big John gets the opportunity to have conversations with interesting people from all walks of life. In this episode, Big John talks with Sarah Beale and Lainie Liberti, a pair of anarchist moms who espouse the concept of “unschooling”, a consent-based form of natural– and consensual– teaching/learning for children.
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03:00 What is “Unschooling”?
05:45 Do young minds require structure to fully reach their potential?
10:30 Producing highly specialized professionals
15:30 Learners “knowing what they don’t know”
23:15 Parents as sherpas, not authoritarian figures
33:00 Do we need an age of consent, and if so, what should be that age?
41:30 Where in the world is unschooling more readily accepted?
48:30 Unschooling co-ops
53:15 Silly Questions