Sandra Dodd was a High School English teacher who saw the many problems within the public educational system. She received her major in English and minors in psychology and anthropology from the University of New Mexico where she grew up in 1973 at the age of 20. She always was interested in learning and education and after learning about open classrooms, free schools and John Holt she became an advocate for radical unschoolers where her own 3 children have never been to a public school.
She has devoted much time in helping those new in the unschooling philosophy by assembling a highly informative website from the many people and questions received over online groups for the past 20 years at SandraDodd.com. Here you will find an exntesive library filled with information from many unschooling folk. She is also a member of theRadical Unschoolers Network and has written many articles on the subject of unschooling and speaks regularly at unschooling conferences.
While her passion for life learning is evident, new people may find her a little abrasive and intimidating in her replies with her strong opinions of the radical unschool philosophy. She certainly will not hold your hand and baby you with her responses to questions at hand, even under the accusations of her replies being outright attacks and bullying. However when you really look at her approach and responses, she is only telling it like it is in the most direct way on a subject she is extremely passionate about. Many simply do just not really want to hear what she has to say or simply are not ready for such direct responses.
Sandra Dodd is a Radical Unschooler with a little over 20 years of experience where her 3 unschooled children are approaching adulthood; her oldest Marty, has become an adult now landing a career with Blizzard Entertainment who actually approached him offering him the career. He had held a job for 6 years as a young teenager with a video gaming store where he organized gaming events and tournaments. Sandra Dodd herself is now the author of “The Big Book of Unschooling” and “Moving a Puddle.” She also has several Youtube videos discussing the subject of Unschooling. Her daughter Holly, also has Youtube videos up on unschooling.
The Dodd family still resides in New Mexico enjoying their Radical Unschooling lifestyle that is full and rich with experiences. Sandra Dodd devotes many hours to helping unschooling families and answering questions on online forums. Her online website is one of the largest libraries on the web for unschooling and usually is the first place folks new to unschooling go to research it for the extensive topics you can findthere.