Unqualified Education
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Unqualified Education is our new book, the follow up to One-to-One.  It is for older children, 11-18 (and beyond), and is full of detailed sections on the most fascinating subjects.
This book is about taking one's own education into one's own hands, and giving oneself the power to explore the vast and varied world of learning.  Although I say it myself, and I must be biased, it is the most fun, most exciting, most exhilarating, interesting, fascinating book I have ever seen, and I think every young person deserves to have a copy.
How it came about
Even before One-to-One was begun we were looking forward to writing Unqualified Education, I suppose because that was what we were doing at the time.  We also noticed such a glaring gap in the market, and such a need for a book that discussed the practical aspects of school and university alternatives.  It took us a year and a half to do, even though we were working on it pretty solidly for all that time.  The reason for this, I think, is because there is such an exceptional amount in it, as you can see from the list below

The Contents
 Besides the main text about education etc., there are several sections:

  • Cooking   Nothing, in my opinion, is so useful and enjoyable as cooking.  It is one of those skills which will always come in handy, no matter what you do, and which you can practise every day; it is something all the family can enjoy, and it is the one thing that won't clutter the house after you have finished it! This section is a complete guide to cooking for older children and young people.  The recipes are all classics from around the world, which we have cooked and enjoyed many times over.  There are few people, I think, who could resist the temptation of cooking, or eating, the mouth-watering Italian olive oil buns, or the chunky, chewy chocolate chip cookies, or the flavourful  Moroccan aubergine salad.  You can see a sample of this section on Bethan's Online Cookbook
  • Art and Crafts   This is a large section about drawing, painting, calligraphy, written work, and publishing, as well as craft projects such as many paper-folding instructions, and how to make a kite, tie knots, sew simple things and make yourself an apron.  There are also instructions for a hand-hooked rag-rug wall-hanging, repairing and mending things, and a bit about building, although I have to admit there are no complete instructions for building a house!

This brings the book to its uplifting conclusion, and if one has read it all the way through from the beginning, one will definitely feel a lot more knowledgeable by the end!   But this is not actually the aim of this book, as no one book could really teach anyone anything in detail. It rather hopes to rekindle that passion for learning which everyone is born with, and practically show the route where the things to be learnt can be found and explored.
Maybe all that that learning will teach you, is to say "I don't know" but if so, this is a good thing.  People pretend to know things out of ignorance, and one doesn't dare to challenge them because of one's own ignorance on the subject; in this way one often feels intimidated and powerless to change things.  

But the more one studies something the more one realizes how little is really understood by mankind, and if somebody asks you a question, such as how do the planets move around the sun, you can say "I don't know" not because you have never studied the subject, but because you have studied the subject in such depth, that you know that nobody knows.  All the facts they tell children in schools and books, are really theories - nobody really knows anything, they are just guessing.  If this alone is understood, intimidation and powerlessness go.  The strength of humility gives one an incredible confidence, and with this confidence we can take charge of our own destiny, and leave the planet a better place than we found it. 

I would say this is the essence of Unqualified Education, and this is what makes it such an unusual and interesting book.  It is learning, in the old-fashioned, tried-and-tested way, that brings the learner entertainment, enjoyment, wisdom, and a clearer understanding, which will hopefully last them their whole lives through.


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