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About Tipping Points
A Megaphone for the Movement

Every year more parents, educators, and young people discover and choose Self-Directed Education (SDE). Parents are learning how trust their children and see them with fresh eyes, educators are boldly stepping outside of the old system to build self-directed learning communities, and young people are leaving conventional schools to follow their own paths.

We’ve created Tipping Points as an extension of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education — a collection of our stories and a megaphone for our movement.

We hope the content will inspire your journey and serve as a useful tool for communicating about SDE with your curious or skeptical friends and family.

Do you remember when you first encountered the idea that children and adolescents can become well-educated without imposed schooling? Maybe it was decades ago, or just last month — or, maybe you’re just discovering it now. Many conversations and contexts have served as entry-points to SDE over the years, and many more continue to emerge. Do you remember whose story struck that first chord in you?

As you read the many unique stories of those who are engaging in SDE, we hope you will see that there is not a single “right” way to understand and practice SDE. Certain basic principles are necessary to distinguish SDE from other educational approaches, but the spirit of self-directedness is such that we are free to apply and extend those principles in various ways that make sense for each of us individually.

You may encounter interpretations and expressions of SDE that don’t resonate with you. Keep in mind that these are individual choices and not some kind of “party line.” We encourage our readers to consider each author’s views with an open mind, then “take what you like and leave the rest.” And take a moment to celebrate your freedom to make that choice!

If you are passionate about sharing your SDE experiences with the world, we welcome you to become a contributor to Tipping Points.*


* Writing for Tipping Points — We hope you’ll consider publishing your SDE-related articles here. While we currently offer no financial compensation, we welcome your unique voice to a growing community of SDE advocates. Tipping Points authors retain copyrights to their articles and grant Tipping Points right of first publication. If you publish your article elsewhere after it’s published here, that instance of the article must include “Originally published in Tipping Points” and a link to the original.