Jeff Till’s Five Hundred Years

Home Education: How to get started and the Decision Checklist

Here are the final two chapters of my book “Rise Above School“   Since you are making the most important decision of your child’s or children’s lives, you should have a purposeful and thoughtful plan of action. You can take any course you like, but I recommend making it somewhat formal. Understand that you may be doing the hard work of reversing your own indoctrination and your spouse’s as well. Listed below are.. Read More

Rescue your children from school

This is the first two chapters of my new book “Rise Above School”   Rescue your children from school If you love your children; if you are concerned about their happiness; if you want them to grow up being smart, educated and capable, if you want them to become unique, positive forces in the world, if you want them to escape the worker/soldier mentality, then you must take them out of school.  .. Read More

My New Book: “Rise Above School”

    I wrote a book!  It’s on making the decision to home educate. Buy it on Amazon   Buy it on Kindle 100% of the content is either already on or will be on this blog, so if you’ve read this site, there is no reason to buy it unless you want the hard copy or support the site. Choosing how you will educate your children is probably the biggest decision you.. Read More

I’m in a book! Unschooling Dads

  A new book is out on unschooling dads and my contribution is in it! Check it out and buy a copy. I’ll be posting my submission as a blog here some point soon as well as some of the new material in a book I’m writing. Unschooling Dads Twenty-two Testimonials on Their Unconventional Approach to Education Edited by Skyler J. Collins Buy it on Amazon   Here’s Skylar’s site: http://www.everything-voluntary.com/   Here’s my.. Read More

Every fuckwit, asshat and douchebag you’ve ever met went to school. (Um, strong language)

  Pretty much every fuckwit, asshat and douchebag you ever met went to school. And the overwhelming majority of them went to public school. So did every halfass, asshole, moron, creep, geek, mouthbreather, bullshit artist, idiot, cocksucker, dickweed, jerk, imbecile, dink, dork, maroon, halfwit, shit-fer-brains, fuckface, asshammer, dickhead, pussy, wimp, airhead, slut, bimbo, asskisser, dweeb, gasbag, freak, ignoramus, hick, redneck, kook, lardass, meathead, masshole, tool, twerp, twit, wanker, weirdo, yahoo, zero, white trash,.. Read More

So, What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? (Podcast)

In this 45 minute podcast, four of the blogs are tied together with some other perspective to discuss the role of occupation in forming identity. It starts with the Work/Identity problem and moves through perspectives on identity through the economy, college, and school, with just a touch of politics. Featuring voice talent of Jen, Adie, Huck, and Mason. End music TASM Lab’s “Demystified, disenchanted” sung by Michelle Graf. “What do you want to.. Read More

The Role of Fear in School

The purpose of school is to help children learn and help them become smart, successful adults. Okay. Why is the school process and institution so eager to use fear and intimidation to reach its goals? Perhaps with the exception of the military and prisons, few other services that aim to benefit its participants use fear or intimidation. Think of a consumer product company, a restaurant, a hotel, a barber, a gym, etc., none.. Read More

The College/Identity Problem

  In an earlier article, The Work/Identity Problem, I explored how when people affix their personal identities to their job title some deleterious things can happen. People can run the risk of basing their self-esteem on whether they keep the same job, it can build inflexibility in finding good work, it can hinder a person’s ability to generate revenue and may encourage corruption. I also suggested that job-based identities also had bad social.. Read More

When Schools Fail to Indoctrinate

Six sigma, school defects and the need for deschooling.   A couple decades ago, it was a hot business trend in industrial manufacturing to adopt quality focused programs such as TQM (Total Quality Management) and Six Sigma. One of the ideas behind Six Sigma was that there was an ideal goal for the ratio of perfect products vs. defective products that would come off the manufacturing line. Motorola had famously set the number.. Read More