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Natural talents

Every kid has a set of natural talents, frequently ignored by the public schools.  Too often, the established school curriculum “gets in the way” of the natural, rich talents of kids.   What also gets in the way are the words and terms the education community uses to define what kids can and cannot do. 

NOT BROKEN believes we should drop the terms abilities, disabilities, gifted, etc., and replace them with a MultiTalented framework.  A MultiTalented framework regards all kids as potentially successful with natural talents that will benefit society.  When talents are emphasized over problems, deficits, and disabilities, we create opportunities for all kids to succeed. 

For kids requiring special services and support, they are provided assistance so they can grow their natural talents.

Tom isn’t sure if he has any talents at all when he sees how good his friends are at writing and reading. But a school competition soon helps him to find his own very special talent ! Children with Dyslexia or a learning difficulty often find school a daunting and sometimes terrifying daily task. In an environment where certain skills, like writing and reading, are praised and highlighted more than others,

To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled is one of the most popular resources available on identifying and meeting the needs of twice-exceptional students. This updated third edition provides a comprehensive look at the complex world of students with remarkable gifts, talents, and interests, who simultaneously face learning, attention, or social challenges from LD, ADHD, and other disorders.

A great way to bring out the talents in all kids.

  • 90 Photo Cards
  • Cards include Stories and Practical Ideas
  • Helps Develop Social and Communication Skills
  • Includes an index of the topics on the back of the box for easy reference.

Every parent should have this book to prevent the labeling of kids.  The book includes advice on how to prevent labels from capping student potential and encouragement to help teachers continually improve learner outcomes.


There are all kinds of ways to showcase your kid’s talents and let them know every one of us is unique in our own way.

Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play by author Brian VanDongen takes you back to your childhood to remind you about what being a child is all about. Playing!

We all have those fond childhood memories of growing up playing with our friends in social settings. Developing social skills and learning how to handle friendships and relationships. What we didn’t realize at the time was that those skills we learned for the building blocks which lay the foundation for the rest of our lives.

The Little Book of Talent is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business.

All of us were born with amazing talents.  This book provides a backward look at the value of our talents and why our kids need to build their education based on their natural talents.

Aubrey the Eagle and Snuggles the Sheep were was taken from the zoo to have fun. Doing their time away from the zoo, they realize that they were not able to get back home. Experience their adventure as they try to return home.  Have your kid learn about the value of talents through a wonderful story and adventure.

The curriculum myth

The curriculum myth is driven by a growing culture of dependency in America.  The myth goes something like this:  kids cannot learn unless they are systematically taught; kids only learn when they follow and depend on an established curriculum.  Further, kids only learn when they are in a highly controlling system where they are prodded and regularly evaluated.  Learning is not spontaneous and must follow a detailed course of instruction.

Beginning with A Nation at Risk in 1983, politicians and bureaucrats have been obsessed with finding the Holy Grail of curriculum reform.  Searching for the right combination of content and pedagogy, education bureaucrats, consultants, and elected leaders have tried to create a public school system where all kids are successful.

For several generations, government at multiple levels, have spent billions of tax dollars to create that one curriculum which would motivate kids from all segments of society to be actively engaged in their education.  And even while the majority of the education community refuses to admit it, the results have been a dismal failure.

It’s time to heed the words of Albert Einstein, one of the most significant scientific geniuses of the 20th century. when he said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

NOT BROKEN believes school reform advocates have had the best of intentions and are for the most part honorable people.  There is no reason to believe they have not been motivated by what is in the best interests of all kids.  It is also reasonable to assume if there was a magic bullet, a curriculum that excited and engaged all kids and provided them opportunities for success, it would have been discovered.   The fact is, no such curriculum exists, not because it hasn’t been discovered but because it’s simply a myth.  

Children’s play is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. As children play, they master motor development, learn language and social skills, think creatively, and make cognitive leaps. This (un)curriculum is all about supporting child-led play, trusting children as capable and engaged learners, and forgoing packaged curriculums and prescribed activities.

The Uncurriculum is just that, the opposite of a curriculum! It’s as unique as you and your family and was designed as a place to keep all of your notes and observations throughout the year. Perhaps you are looking for an alternative to the rigid curriculum planners out there or simply have a different education style but still want a place to record some notes and reflections throughout the year. This month by month nature-inspired journal was created with families in mind.

In The Unschooling Journey, you’ll discover:

– The value of approaching your journey with insatiable curiosity—beginner’s mind
– How living and learning weave together to create a meaningful tapestry of lifelong learning and joy
– The hidden depths of self-awareness—for ourselves and our children—that come when we move away from control as a parenting tool
– The profound impact of judgment and shame, and how to find your way to kindness and compassion with your children
– That unschooling, like life, is a practice, and there is real magic in its messiness

Together, let’s explore your unschooling journey.

In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today’s constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, he demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient. A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with our children and start asking what’s wrong with the system. It shows how we can act — both as parents and as members of society — to improve children’s lives and to promote their happiness and learning.


Explore the rich tapestry of unschooling   This informative and inspiring box set includes:•Free to Learn: Five Ideas for a Joyful Unschooling Life
•Free to Live: How to Create a Thriving Unschooling Home
•Life through the Lens of Unschooling: A Living Joyfully Companion

You’ll discover:
•How to build a strong unschooling foundation for your family
•How to preserve your children’s curiosity, creativity, and love of learning
•How to develop connected, trusting, and respectful relationships with your children
•How to apply the fundamental principles of unschooling in everyday life
•What’s behind a typical unschooling day and so much more!

A critical error

A critical error exists in public education.  In the world of technology, a critical error is something that makes it impossible for a computer program or operating system to run.  An error causes the computer to freeze, requiring the computer to be shut down and restarted.  Often because the critical error is part of the inner workings of the computer, this requires the computer to be shut down and restarted on a regular basis until the error is finally resolved.

Enter public education.

Public education continues to face a critical reoccurring error causing stops and starts as the education establishment tries to increase student success. From new math and common core to critical thinking and alternative scheduling teachers and parents have become all too used to the latest school reform flavor of the month in public education.  So what’s the solution?

Should we stay or should we go? Millions of parents with children in public schools can’t believe they’re asking this question. But they are.  In his new book, Zachary W. Oberfield investigates the question of whether charter schools cultivate different teaching climates from those found in traditional public schools.

This frank and courageous book explores the persistence of failure in today s urban schools. At its heart is the argument that most education policy discussions are disconnected from the daily realities of urban schools,

In 1988, the Chicago public school system decentralized, granting parents and communities significant resources and authority to reform their schools in dramatic ways. To track the effects of this bold experiment, the authors of Organizing Schools for Improvement collected a wealth of data on elementary schools in Chicago. Over a seven-year period they identified one hundred elementary schools that had substantially improved—and one hundred that had not. What did the successful schools do to accelerate student learning?

MultiTalented Education

First, what is MultiTalented Education (MTE)?  MTE is a common-sense approach to creating successful opportunities for all kids. It is an approach that can be adopted by any public school system, school or classroom.  MTE can also be used by parents in support of their kid’s education. MTE can also be used by homeschool parents.


Instead of a curriculum driving what kids learn, the natural talents of kids determine what the curriculum is and how it is organized.  With the discovery of natural talents, kids can dream of possible opportunities for success. These dreams motivate kids to grow their talents into strengths and with strengths come real aspirations for success.  

Public education was never designed to have kids simply learn a curriculum; the purpose of public education was to create successful, self-reliant independent adults.  When we begin with the natural talents of our kids we can create a learning environment where kids are engaged, excited and passionate about the learning process.

On the surface, capable teenage boys may look lazy. But dig a little deeper, writes child psychologist Adam Price in He’s Not Lazy, and you’ll often find conflicted boys who want to do well in middle and high school but are afraid to fail, and so do not try. This book can help you become an ally with your son, as he discovers greater self-confidence and accepts responsibility for his future.

Our homes, communities, and the world itself need the natural talents of our children. We see no actions as more important in school than developing, supporting, and reinforcing children’s sense of agency, the value of their voices and their potential to influence their own communities.

Relationships matter. Who You Know explores this simple idea to give teachers and school administrators a fresh perspective on how to break the pattern of inequality in American classrooms. It reveals how schools can invest in the power of relationships to increase social mobility for their students.

Disrupting Class is just what America’s K-12 education system needs–a well thought-through proposal for using technology to better serve students and bring our schools into the 21st Century. Unlike so many education ‘reforms,’ this is not small-bore stuff. For that reason alone, it’s likely to be resisted by defenders of the status quo, even though it’s necessary and right for our kids.

School Choice: The End of Public Education? is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the past and future of public education in America.

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