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Parent at the Helm’s May Book Giveaway!

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I’m so happy to announce that Parent at the Helm’s May Book Giveaway comes to you courtesy of Wendy Priesnitz, longtime friend and fellow homeschooling advocate from Canada. This month, one lucky winner will obtain one of her most popular books, Challenging Assumptions in Education.

This book offers a fresh and exciting personal approach to the inevitable and urgently needed revolution in education, which demolishes the one-size-fits-all, industrialized model of processing and warehousing students and creates a community-based, individualized learning society accommodating learners of all ages, interests, abilities and styles. This book discusses why a progressively-minded parent might not want to send their child to school…and describes the democratic, life-affirming, academically and socially beneficial alternative.

Challenging Assumptions in Education
From Institutionalized Education to a Learning Society
by Wendy Priesnitz


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“This tough-minded book burns sharp holes in dark places! Priesnitz argues that every school procedure that mutilates children is based upon some invisible assumption about children and human nature, which all arise from rational applications of false premises. This is an eye-opening guide to the most damaging of these hidden operating principles, which lurk in the nicest of people…perhaps even in yourself! I heartily recommend this book.” – John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education, 2001

“Thank you so much for your brilliant book. You have spoken so clearly and directly to the heart of the matter of children learning in and from the world. You have managed to relate the whole of the matter in a real and understandable way… In answer to your challenge to find ways to put your words into action: It might just have to happen one person, one family, one small community at a time. I never miss an opportunity, nor do my children, to invite people to challenge the assumptions in education. I ride a roller coaster. Some days I am clear that the path we are on is well chosen. Other days I despair. It seems an insurmountable task to overcome the effects of a world educated by the system, but I will carry your book on that path .” – Annie B, a reader

Don’t wait! Register to win today!

Contest Details

CONTEST DEADLINE: May 31, 2011; 11:59PM (EDT)


HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST: To enter, please “like” Parent at the Helm on Facebook, follow parentatthehelm on Twitter, subscribe to our irregular newsletter with the link near the top of the page (this gets you a little something extra each month!), or sign up for e-mail or RSS feeds (on the left side of the homepage). Then, submit a comment on the PARENT AT THE HELM May Book Giveaway blog article which you can always reach by clicking on the book title at the top of the page. In your comment, please let us know which of the above steps you took, and anything else you’d like to tell us! If by some chance you had already previously covered all of the above steps, please let us know that in your comment (and accept our deepest thanks! [g])

You are allowed one entry per book, with the exception of BLOGGERS: I know your pain! [g]! Blog about this giveaway, include the link to your post in your comment, and you will receive an extra entry in the contest as a thank you for all of your hard work!

PARENT AT THE HELM is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by PARENT AT THE HELM on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any Web site or at any combination of these.

WINNER SELECTION: The winner shall be selected using’s “Randomizer” on the morning of June 1, 2011.

ODDS OF WINNING: You’ve got great odds! Odds are determined by the number of entries received.

OBTAINING YOUR PRIZE: We will contact winner by email only. PARENT AT THE HELM will make a reasonable effort to contact you on the day you are determined as winner, but we are not responsible for misdirected notification because of problems with the e-mail address you provide to us. If we cannot reach you, you may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. In addition, a winner who does not comply with the Official Rules will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

CONDITIONS: Your participation binds you to these official rules. By participating, you waive any right to claim ambiguity of said rules. All decisions regarding this contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by PARENT AT THE HELM. That decision is final. As winner you are solely responsible for any applicable federal, state and local taxes.

ANNOUNCING THE PRIZE WINNER: We’ll let you know in a blog post who was the lucky winner after the June 1, 2011, drawing.

Remember, you can’t win a book if you don’t enter the Book Giveaway!

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14 Responses to “Parent at the Helm’s May Book Giveaway!”

  1. Jane C. says:

    Hey! I "liked" you on facebook and subscribed to the newsletter. This book looks great–some of this assumptions are so ingrained. I'm interested to see with the author has to say and to review my own assumptions about education. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Sylvia says:

    I like the slim books — they make for easy sharing.

  3. Lori P. says:

    Hi! I "liked" you on FB, and… I WANT THIS BOOK! I've enjoyed reading articles by Wendy over the years, and whether or not I win this from your May Giveaway, I'm sure to have this book on my bookshelf (or the stack of books on my bedroom floor that pretends to be a bookshelf) sooner or later.

  4. Dana W. says:

    This would be a great book to have!

  5. Andrea says:

    I like you on FB. I think this book would be a great read. I am just getting started with HS and would locve to have a gander!

  6. Juliana says:

    Yall know I needs this book, pick my name please. 🙂

  7. Mich says:

    Hi, I have followed you on Twitter (I'm EcChezNous) and subscribed to the email list. Pondering leaving teaching to hs our special child.

  8. Marta says:

    Hi, I have subscribed to your newsletter. I'd love to win this book as I enjoy reading Wendy's 'Life Learning' magazine and blog posts, and I am a firm believer in unschooling/life learning as the best choice for everyone.

  9. Katherine A says:

    Yes please enter me. Love books somuch.

  10. Melissa says:

    Liked you on Facebook; I'd love to have a copy of this book. And if I get it, I promise to share 🙂

  11. trulycrazybeautiful says:

    Hi Linda, Great giveaway. I 'liked' you on facebook and the link to my blog where I linked to here is Some great HS books out there right now. Will definitely put this one on my 'to get my hands on' list if I don't win here. Thanks.

  12. Denise says:

    Liked on FB & subscribed via email:) As a NEW hsr this looks like a great resource!! Hope I win{{{grin}}} Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!!
    Happy Weekend:)

  13. Mary Eichholz says:

    I like you on FB. Would LOVE to win this book! 🙂

  14. Sherry says:

    I follow via facebook–you are a "favorite" of Living and Learning. 🙂

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