Learning Not Schooling

This book offers a plan for how both the curiosity and initiative of students can be stimulated by partnering local schools with the world of professional expertise; with classroom teachers taking on the role of conduits who not only prepare students to learn from professionals working in various fields, but also assist them in absorbing the advanced information and knowledge they will be acquiring. This tactic addresses some of the issues that seem to continually plague us, such as how to help students learn more effectively in our current information age, or how to address the perpetual inequities which exist between different socioeconomic groupings.

“Test, punish, and test some more. For the past decade, the public conversation about how we can best educate our children has rarely departed from this narrative. But with this book, Lyn Lesch dares to dream of something different, to shake us out of our collective stupor and remind us that it doesn’t have to be this way.”

– Gregory Michie, author of Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students

“All too often, school reformers are concerned with the ‘hows’ rather than the ‘whys’ of education. Lyn Lesch, a deschooler in the tradition of John Taylor Gatto, has tied the two together in this controversial and timely critique of test-driven, results-oriented schooling. If you are an educator and policy maker, Learning Not Schooling should be high on your reading list.”

– Michael Klonsky, author of Small Schools: Public School Reform Meets the Ownership Society