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The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Ed.

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The Teenage Liberation Handbook
Lowry House Publishers

The Bottom Line

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education will scare you. As soon as you start reading, you’ll realize how absolutely rational the author’s ideas are - and that realization can be terrifying. Most of us would like to think that anyone who tells teenagers to “quit school and get a real life” is off her rocker. But, Llewellyn’s arguments are laid out so clearly, her alternatives put forth so explicitly, that it’s hard to disagree.

Pros

  • straight forward, down-to-earth tone
  • never condescending or preachy (unlike many books on education)
  • helpful ideas on how to learn independently
  • detailed chapters on researching each subjects
  • thorough lists of resources

Cons

  • the text is a little crammed together, making it slightly harder to read

Description

  • by Grace Llewellyn
  • copyright 1998
  • 430 pages

Guide Review - The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Ed.

The Teenage Liberation Handbook will stir your emotions and lift your vision, whether you’re a teenager or a 42-year-old CEO. Although it’s written for teens, this book focuses on a theme all of us could stand to hear: learn what you love. Particularly helpful for those who prefer alternative education, such as online learners, these pages will make you re-examine your educational path until it’s something you truly want to tread.

Llewellyn sympathizes with teenagers who get a sub-par education, wasting hours of their time on worksheets, “classroom management,” and other needless time-busters. Instead of such waste, she contends that teens should quit school and take charge of their own learning. Fortunately, this book isn’t just about lofty philosophical ideas. Llewellyn backs her claim with hundreds of pages of practical suggestions on how to claim responsibilty for your educational life.

From finding mentors to using the library, this book’s chapters contains advice all of us should know, but don’t. Some of the gems include:
    • “School is Not for Learning”
    • “The Importance of the Vacation”
    • “Your Tailor-Made Intellectual Extravaganza”
    • “Using Cultural Resources”
Before you open the cover, be forewarned. You may be inspired to quit your desk job, haunt the library, and fulfill your dream as professional chess player. But, that’s okay. Make the most of it and enjoy your intellectual journey. I know I will.
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