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Guiding Parents to Honor Kids' Superpowers

Looking beyond the school building and the adults working within, Instead of Schooling takes a hard look at the process of schooling and how it fills young people with outdated knowledge that reproduces the status quo. The book invites you to co-create a living educational network that evolves human consciousness and unleashes the wisdom and creativity of young people to innovate in an increasingly complex world. 

Whether you want your kids to be happier, less stressed, more resilient, creative, experience deeper learning, or get useful life skills, Instead of Schooling is the guidebook.

This inspiring and practical book shows you: 

  • Why schooling was designed to control children and make them obedient workers. It was never designed for learning or self-discovery.
  • How your mind and brain work so that you and your kids can access creativity, resilience, and peace of mind.
  • How to design the days and weeks so that your kids love learning and you ditch the homework battles.
  • How crafting your own educational path will set your child up for more success and happiness than conventional schooling.
  • How to choose the right approach, environment, and resources from a carefully curated selection of education alternatives (online and in-person), resources, and curriculum.

Caprice hated school. Even though schooling came easy to her, school felt like prison. She has dedicated the past 15 years to creating learning spaces and programs that honor the creativity, resilience, and wisdom of children and teens. Caprice has been honored to guide her two daughters on their self-directed learning journeys from birth to adulthood. She has an MBA in finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Book Review by Michael Maser, author of Learn Your Way

Caprice Thorsen is a mother and educational consultant on a mission – to help parents, especially, understand the constraints of schooling on children’s learning and provide suggestions on how to embrace a kind of learning future that enables children and young people to thrive. 
‘Instead of Schooling’ is a brilliant, bold book, worthy of its place beside ‘Free to Learn’ by psychology professor Dr. Peter Gray, ‘Learning All the Tiime’ by unschooling patriarch John Holt, ‘Beyond Measure’ by Vicki Abeles, and many other thoughtful critiques on school systems that perpetuate oppressive, conforming actions that intentionally or otherwise stifle the natural genius capabilities of students. 
This book is scattered with impactful insights and quotes from some of my favourite alt-educators like John Taylor Gatto, Brent Cameron and Todd Rose, and also current data identifying dismal trends in literacy and numeracy that perenially link poor learning outcomes to years of public schooling. 
But mixed in with the searing data points and schooling anecdotes are also many inspiring insights from an author who wants her audience to recognize the innate gifts of genius of all children. 
She writes, “Your child has everything inside to grow into an amazing adult. Like the acorn will grow into an oak tree, your child has the wisdom, resources, intelligence, and gifts to follow the soul’s calling. Your work is to provide the best environment and curate resources to optimize the growth. You are like the gardener who is making sure the soil is rich, there is enough sun and rain. But you don’t need to modify the seed. It is perfect.”
As a career alternate-educator and parent myself, I wholeheartedly agree with Caprice Thorsen in her analogy. And I recommend her book as a compendium of resources for any parent or educator seeking to help cultivate ‘Creativity, Resourcefulness and Happiness’ in the course of a child’s learning journey.

Why I wrote Instead of Schooling