A relatively new phenomenon is the unschooling, homeschooling, or self-directed learning center. Not Back to School Camp is an annual gathering of over 100 unschoolers ages 13 to 18. The camp is directed by Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education. Many other forms of alternative education also place a great deal of importance on student control of learning. This includes free democratic schools, like the Sudbury Valley School, Stonesoup School and 'open learning' virtual universities. Not Back To School Camp is a summer camp founded in 1996 by Grace Llewellyn, the author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook. NBTSC attracts teens from all over the U.S., Canada, and other countries. It offers campers support in perusing varied avenues of education by connecting them with a pool of about 100 other unschoolers and an eclectic staff. In the camp brochure, Llewellyn states her reason for the camp as creating a place where homeschoolers and unschoolers can "change [them]selves and the world, teach each other great things, and sing under the moon....." The camp is active for four, week-long sessions each fall: two sessions are in Plymouth, Vermont at the Farm and Wilderness Camps, and two are outside of Bridge, Oregon at Camp Myrtlewood.The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education, originally published in 1991 by Grace Llewellyn, is a book about unschooling and empowerment. Inspired by John Holt's educational views among others, the book encourages teenagers to leave full-time school and let their curiosity guide their learning. It includes suggestions and resources regarding traditional academic areas, as well as chapters about talking to parents, social life, c
llege, and exploring the world.StoneSoup School is a progressive, alternative private school located in Crescent City, Florida in the United States. It is a member of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools.The Sudbury Valley School was founded in 1968 in Framingham, Massachusetts, United States. There are now over 35 schools based on the Sudbury Model in the United States, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The model has three basic tenets: educational freedom, democratic governance and personal responsibility. It is a private school, attended by children from the ages of 4 to 19. At the Sudbury Valley School, students individually decide what to do with their time, and learn as an aside to their personal efforts, interactions and ordinary experience, rather than through classes or a standard curriculum. Facilities Following the educational philosophy, the school facilities are somewhat different from most schools. The furnishings of the school as much as one would expect in a home; comfortable chairs, couches, books lining the walls. There are no traditional classrooms and no traditional classes; instead children are free to explore any subject or talk to any staff member about an interest, as part of educating themselves. Curriculum The school has no required academic activities, and no academic expectations for completion of one's time at the school. Students are free to spend their time as they wish. Government Students are given complete responsibility for their own education and the school is run by a direct democracy in which students and staff are equals. The corporation is wholly owned and operated by the School Meeting, in which each student and each elected member of the staff has one vote.