Learning From Life
The Benefits of Community Engagement
How life learning families are
volunteering their time, speaking up about important issues, being
active in ways that will help their communities, and showing that
children have a voice . . . while learning at the same time.
In our September/October 2014 issue, we wrote
community participation and unschooling. In the November/December issue, we
wrote about place-based education, which allows students to use their
local communities as resources for learning by doing. And in the
January/February 2015 issue, we tied those two concepts together.
In the following articles are some examples of how
life learning families are involved in real-life work in their
communities that is aimed at giving kids a voice, creating positive
change, and acting on their social consciences. While academic learning
is not the driving force behind these activities and projects, valuable
learning of all types does, inevitably, take place.
We hope that you will enjoy and even be inspired
by these stories that some of our readers have so enthusiastically
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