One thing I’m passionate about is personal and economic liberty. I believe that people should be free to pursue their lives without intervention, so long as they themselves don’t intervene with others’ right to do the same.
Being active in the Liberty Movement has helped me meet a lot of incredible people- including Connor Boyack, a renowned author, speaker, and founder of the Libertas Institute, a think tank and policy center dedicated to making Utah more free every year.
I’ve personally known Connor for a few years, and admired him for many more- so when the chance came up to preview his newest book, I jumped at it.
Here’s my Amazon review of that book, Passion-Driven Education:
I’ve been a long-time fan of Boyack’s work, but this book is definitely his most actionable yet.
It’s a quick and easy read, but don’t be fooled- it’s loaded with information. You’ll learn the history of America’s public education system and how it was designed by elites to maintain a dumbed-down populace that felt educated but was in reality intellectually molded to work hard in factories and be otherwise ideal citizens. He doesn’t make these claims lightly, either. Each chapter has a sizeable list of sources, showing deep research into history and educational theory.
The obvious, and not so obvious problems of traditional, curriculum-centric schooling- whether public, private, or done at home- are laid out in a way that will have you nodding your head with familiarity. For many, the causes behind these problems may be new, and will shed light on why so many well-intentioned teachers and homeschool parents ultimately end up frustrated that their best-laid plans get foiled. While these portions of the book lead to anger and resentment, there is hope.
The solutions ultimately laid out are brilliant. Using theory, plenty of persuasive case studies, and a look into how he’s educating his own young children, Boyack gives an enlightening case for ‘unschooling,’ or ‘passion-driven education,’ as he calls it. A much maligned and misunderstood ideology and practice, it is laid out simply here in a way that can be replicated by parents who want to take the same approach with their children. Boyack even goes so far as to list a number of common passions children have and show just how many subjects can be pursued using what the child is already interested in.
Whether you have long been curious about the unschooling movement, have never heard about the concept, or have been sold on it for years, this book will open your eyes to the problems now faced by the rising generation and how they can be solved with a paradigm shift in how we educate.
It’s been a long time since a book has made me so angry then left me so hopeful. I truly wish I had been raised with the principles laid out here, and someday hope to use them in my own future family.
A+ work, Connor (that is, if grades had any meaning).
If you have any interest in or questions about the ‘Unschooling’ movement, check this book out!