Class Dismissed : A Film About Learning Outside of the Classroom
Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in Los Angeles pulls their two children out of one of the highest-rated schools in the area and takes their education into their own hands. In the quest to better their children’s lives, they must overcome long-standing assumptions about education and face the social ramifications of their bold decision.
Class Dismissed will challenge viewers to take a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and offer up a radical new way of thinking about the process of learning.
All 9 Class Dismissed Extended Interviews
Instead of renting or purchasing each expert interview individually, you can purchase all 9 for big savings (48% off)! Includes Blake Boles, Diane Flynn Keith, Jerry Mintz, Dale Stephens, Lisa Nielsen, Sandra Dodd, Linda Dobson, Pat Farenga, and Laurie A. Couture.
That's over 6 hours of bonus content!
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Pat Farenga
Enjoy this extended interview with Pat Farenga from the film Class Dismissed.
Patrick Farenga worked closely with homeschool pioneer, John Holt, for four years until Holt’s death in 1985. He is the President of Holt Associates Inc. and was the Publisher of Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it stopped publishing in Nov. 2001. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about homeschooling, started by Holt in 1977.In addition to writing for GWS for twenty years, he’s the author of The Beginner’s Guide To Homeschooling and Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling.
Follow Pat and his work at www.holtGWS.com
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Running time 1 hour 27mins.
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Sandra Dodd
Enjoy this extended interview with Sandra Dodd and her son Kirby.
For 20 years Sandra Dodd has been involved in learning about the potential of unschooling to improve lives. With two books, weekly chats, and a daily-inspiration blog, her ideas are shared in many ways.Sandra is a former English teacher whose other jobs have all involved words, ideas and learning, and whose avocation is helping other parents find ways to live more richly and peacefully with their children. Sandra maintains an online collection of writings, notes, examples, and great quotes collected from over 15 years of online discussions.
Follow Sandra and her work at www.sandradodd.com
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Running time: 50 mins.
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Diane Flynn Keith
Enjoy this extended interview with Diane Flynn Keith from the movie Class Dismissed.
Diane Flynn Keith is the Editor-In-Chief of Homefires.com, a website devoted to kindling a life-long love of learning and empowering parents around the world to help their children get a meaningful education at home.
Diane is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in education outside the traditional classroom walls. She has coached thousands of homeschool parents through her websites, writing, speaking engagements, classes, private consultations, books, and social media including Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/dianeflynnkeith).
Diane is well-known for her best-selling book, Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities To Turn Travel Time Into Learning Time. It is chock-full of educational travel games families can enjoy whether they are running a 5-minute errand or taking a 500-mile road trip. To learn more visit www.Carschooling.com.
Diane is also the author of the rave-reviewed book, Papa's Pearls: A Father's Gift of Love and Wisdom to His Children and Grandchildren. To learn more visit: www.PapasPearls.com.
Diane has written for Home Education Magazine, Life Learning Magazine, Practical Homeschooling, The Old SchoolHouse Magazine and many other publications.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Running time 32 mins
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Dale Stephens
Enjoy this extended interview with Dale Stephens from the film Class Dismissed.
Dale J. Stephens left school at the age of twelve to become an unschooler. Today, he is a sought-after education expert appearing on major news networks including CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, Fox, and TechCrunch. His work has been covered by the New York Times and New York Magazine to Fast Company and Forbes. He has spoken around the world at events such as TED2012. At 21, Dale leadsUnCollege, the social movement changing the notion that college is the only path to success. His first book, Hacking Your Education, was published by Penguin on March 5, 2013. In May 2011 Stephens was selected out of hundreds of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow. The Thiel Fellowship recognizes the top changemakers around the world under the age of twenty.
Follow Dale and his work at www.uncollege.org
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Running time: 33 mins.
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Linda Dobson
Enjoy this extended interview with Linda Dobson from the film Class Dismissed.
Linda Dobson is the author of eight books about education and is an international speaker on education issues. As a former news analyst for a national magazine for nine years, she has experience in investigative journalism. She has provided scores of media interviews for radio talk shows and publications such as The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, and “Live Online” for the Washington Post.
Follow Linda and her work at www.parentatthehelm.com
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Running time: 40 mins.
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Laurie A. Couture
Enjoy this extended interview with Laurie A. Couture from the film Class Dismissed.
Laurie A. Couture is the renowned author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing the Causes of Our Children’s Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and Educating the Way Nature Intended. As an Attachment Parenting and Unschooling coach, she specializes in the emotional and behavioral health of children and adolescents, helping youth rediscover their passion for learning and helping families heal through the wisdom of nature’s intent. In 2012, Laurie was a guest on the Anderson daytime show, hosted by Anderson Cooper. She is also featured in the documentary films, Class Dismissed (2014) and The War On Kids (2009).
Follow Laurie and her work at www.laurieacouture.com
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Running time 37 mins.
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Jerry Mintz
Enjoy this extended interview with Jerry Mintz.
Jerry Mintz has been a leading voice in the alternative school movement for over 30 years. In addition to his seventeen years as a public school teacher and a public and independent alternative school principal, he has also founded several alternative schools and organizations and has lectured and consulted around the world.In 1989, he founded the Alternative Education Resource Organization. He continues to serve as AERO’s director and as the Managing Editor of AERO’s networking magazine, The Education Revolution. Jerry was also Editor-in-Chief for the Handbook of Alternative Education, and the Almanac of Education Choices. He is the author of No Homework and Recess All Day: How to Have Freedom and Democracy in Education and is editor of Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Story.
Follow Jerry and his work at www.educationrevolution.org
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Running time: 36 mins.
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Blake Boles
Enjoy this extended interview with Blake Boles from the film Class Dismissed.
Blake builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School.
Blake and his work have appeared on TEDx, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, BBC Travel, Fox Business, Ignite, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of The Wall Street Journal and Wired.com.
For more information about Blake visit www.blakeboles.com
This interview has been edited for length & clarity. Running time 29mins
Class Dismissed - Extended Interview with Lisa Nielsen
Enjoy this extended interview with Lisa Nielsen from the film Class Dismissed.
Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences worldwide about the future of education. She’s frequently covered in the media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” “Thinking Outside the Ban” to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students.Ms. Nielsen is a certified teacher and educational administrator at the NYC DOE and Columbia University to support learning in real and innovative ways. In addition to her blog, The Innovative Educator, her writing is featured in places such as the NY Times and the Huffington Post. She’s the author of the book Teaching Generation Text.
Follow Lisa and her work at www.theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com
This interview has been edited for length & clarity. Running time 49 mins.