A study was done to look at the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) for 34 countries and then examined with the number of routine vaccines given to infants in those countries. They did find a correlation between higher IMR in countries where the number of routine vaccines given were higher. There is a lot more in this study than this information, such as information on SIDS and preterm births but I am not going to go into all of that. I just wanted to put this out there for anyone interested in the information and they can review it for themselves.
I wanted to share this interview with now grown unschooler Kate Fridkis given by Home Education Magazine. I love these kinds of stories to see what can become of a childhood where someone is allowed to follow their own passions and to see where it leads them in life.
I wanted to share a few things that Kate had to say:
"As an unschooler, I never felt unattractive. In fact, I felt smokin' hot and like every boy I met was probably going to fall at my feet. And why not? No one ever told me I shouldn't feel that way. But in college, and in Manhattan especially, I felt like the whole world was telling me I had no right to feel sexy."
"OK, so, here's the thing: Everyone is weird. Like, really. Absolutely everyone is weird. If you're not weird because you were homeschooled, you will definitely end up being weird for another reason. We should all try to get over the idea that being different is bad. This would solve a lot of the world's problems."
"We don't have twelve years of experience sitting in chairs all day, looking at a grownup at the front of the room. We are made weird by virtue of not having the same type of childhoods that most people have. But look at the childhoods we have instead! I mean, let's get real, we have what every other kid wishes they had. And by that I mean lunch whenever we feel like it and no homework."
Kate has two blogs Eat the Damn Cake and Un-schooled.