Hi, I help parents make choices regarding education by having conversations about how we actually learn, and finding solutions in how to apply these principles to your family context.

Learning As A Family

A program designed to help you create an environment for learning within your family.

Life Of Learning Podcast

In this podcast I seek to uncover the principles of how humans learn and explore how these can be lived out in my own life and wider society.

Play the latest episode below or head to the Life Of Learning podcast page.

Introducing: Learning as a Family (LaaF)

The Learning as a Family program

This program seeks to provide clear and reasoned principles that help us make sense of how human beings actually learn. In understanding these principles we are better equipped to create a family environment that encourages learning and whose defining features are love, curiosity, and playfulness. This program also seeks to show that force, coercion and manipulation are counterproductive and not needed for real learning to occur. A further central aim is for this program to help you create an environment that fosters your child's autonomy in a healthy way and gives your children confidence and courage to engage in the world in a meaningful way as they grow.

How We Learn

How We Learn

Discover the research on how human beings learn and what this will mean for the way that you educate your children. Find out what learning through play actually means and how it can be achieved practically.

Transferring Values

Transferring Values

Whether you value reading, writing and maths or whether there are other family values you wish to pass on. Understand the principles behind how this can best be achieved.

Education And Society

Education And Society

Understand and discuss why our society thinks the way it does about education, children, schooling and parenting. The key to changing the future is understanding the past and present.

Becoming Independent

Becoming Independent

Discover the principles as to how children can move from dependence to independence. Discuss options for continued learning as children become independent whether this involves, work, apprenticeships, tertiary education (university or polytech), entrepreneurship, and/or starting a family of their own.

Socialisation

Socialisation

Understand the principles behind the social interactions of children and how socialisation can be achieved outside of school.

Coercion Free

Coercion Free

Discover how you can make learning a fun win-win situation for everybody involved without using coercion or force. Make learning more enjoyable and easy and with less stress and worries.

Of Mice And Men (And Urbanisation)

People who become more free tend to have less loyalty towards a collective such as an organisation. Instead, these people will show greater loyalty to real people that they know at a personal levelRead more

Autonomy Is Not The Antithesis Of Community

In a recent podcast (Collectives Are Not Entities), I mentioned that a big reason why people still choose to work in companies is that they provide security. The company looks after them, so toRead more

The Difference Between ‘More Freedom’ And Freedom

Motivation, it’s what we need in all our learning and development as human beings. But how are humans motivated? What drives them? This is the topic of Daniel H. Pink’s book ‘Drive: TheRead more

Incidental Inspiration

One of the most essential activities that humans like to engage in is learning. To learn we must be motivated by something, and for the most part, that means being inspired by someone. Now as humans Read more

The Causes of ADD/ADHD

The Causes of ADD/ADHD by Justus Frank Delving into the world of disorders has been fascinating. Figuring out the principles behind what is going on with ADD in particular, but also many disorders inRead more

Child-led Education?

The question of child-led education came up in a recent email I received and is becoming something that is discussed more often. It certainly is encouraging to see adults beginning to show greaterRead more

Why Is Purpose And Direction So Elusive?

Link: Why Is Purpose And Direction So Elusive? What is it about our formative years, particularly in school, that causes so many of us to stumble around without a clear purpose or sense ofRead more

An Explanation For Why We Don’t Learn From Others In A Debate

Link to:  An Explanation For Why We Don’t Learn From Others In A Debate Understanding the implications that come from understanding the differences between a debate and a conversation has been anRead more

ADHD and the story of two brothers

Link:ADHD and the story of two brothers ADHD is a fascinating topic and there are a host of opinions on it. In this article I do not seek to define it as much as to explore the way that society andRead more

Why children gravitate to video games.

Link to: Why children gravitate to video games This is a topic I've been thinking about for a while. I've also been curious as to why simulated scenarios such as movies and video games don'tRead more

Progressive education vs Self-Directed education

In my last article, I shared my thoughts and experiences in attending the teacher’s strike march in Christchurch on the 29th of May. As I headed back to my car I had an interesting conversationRead more

We Want Change!...Somebody do something!

Today I went along to the teacher’s strike action in Christchurch. There were some interesting speeches whose content I’ll talk about another time but I joined the throng of people as we wanderedRead more