Peer Unschooling Network (PUN)
A digital community for teen unschoolers to make friends, discuss projects, question the meaning of life, and support those interested in self-directed learning to take the leap.
Jim Flannery facilitator
PUN really serves two dual purposes:
1) it creates a space for existing self-directed learners to connect with one another and make friends
2) it provides a venue for young people who are curious about self-directed learning to reach out to youth currently practicing it to find out exactly what their experiences are like
SDE Optimizing Conditions
ASDE surveys all SDE communities/programs about how they provide, enhance, or align with each of the Six Optimizing Conditions for young people to succeed in SDE. Survey answers:
- Responsibility – Nothing is forced on youth on PUN - they must take responsibility for their own involvement.
- Freedom – Nothing is mandatory or required - they can't come and go as they please.
- Access to Tools – We have digital tools for sharing content as well as a chat/messaging platform.
- Nonjudgmental Support – This is mostly a peer organization of youth, though I do offer support and mentorship to those who seek it out.
- Age Mixing – The site is mainly focused on youth, somewhat like a Sudbury model, though we're open to expanding this definition as we grow. Right now we're focused on having the youth setup the culture of the community before opening the floodgates.
- Healthy Community – We have a group of moderators and a set of community guidelines to support respectful interactions.
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