Tipping Points
May,  2024

The SDE Weekend 3: SDE Babies

Self-Directed Education (SDE) principles are often talked about in relation to older kids, but what does this mean in the context of caretaking and raising babies? Like in all of SDE, there is no one way to do things, but many guiding values with a basis in trust and respect for young people. Hear about what SDE means to us in the context of caring for the youngest humans, and our collective struggles, questions, ideas, and successes as we raise our babies as free people.

Finding Home

Finding comfort in a community full of alternatively educated folks and truly feeling like I belong

SDE Advertisements

April’s Open Call was about playing with the concept of advertising SDE – What does an SDE ad feel like? What does it highlight? Does […]

On Limited Educational Choice in Rural Communities

Rural communities have the fewest educational choices. They default, therefore, to the local public school, which is a disservice to their kids. SDE could be their escape.

The SDE Weekend 3: Meet me @ The Corner! – What’s at the intersection of Web 3 Blvd. & UNschooling Ave and why YOU need to pull up!

DEcentralization and Ownership of web 3 is asking “Where is DEcentralization & Ownership in education?” Unknowingly, web 3 will “create” what it thinks does not exist. Self-Directed Learning is DEcentralized Learning owned by Learners & supported by adults. Web 3 tools including blockchain, DAOs and DeFi invite us to “on chain” SDL, celebrate self governance in a DAO and find solutions in new funding models. Some folks on Web 3 Blvd are oblivious to the folks on UNschooling Ave. Some folks on UNschooling Ave are fearful and distrusting of Web 3 Blvd. I am yelling up the street for everyone to “MEET ME @ THE CORNER!” Let’s PLAY!
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The SDE Weekend 3: Supporting Young People in Their Transition to Adulthood

What are the underpinnings of a young person’s transition to adulthood? What do healthy and satisfying adult lives look like? Using a discussion-based approach, we explored how adult allies (in families, SDE centers, youth groups, etc.) can support young people in their transition to adulthood while encouraging and respecting their autonomy and independence.

Learning is Personal and it’s (past) time to fully recognize this

In this article, I emphasize the subjective or personal nature of learning per my recent PhD research.

Vawisai Ended by Board of Ed

The Vawisai model of SDE was recently ruled to close by a Board of Education lawsuit.

The SDE Weekend 3: When Kids Want to go to Conventional School

“I think I want to try out conventional school.” This sentence can be alarming for those of us who are committed to an SDE and unschooling path. But there are many reasons young people might be compelled to try out school. Listen to this panel for an honest discussion about how this has come up in their family, reasons why young people might want to try out school, what the conversation is like when talking about joining school, and ways to navigate the school system when your SDE kid is in it.

The SDE Weekend 3: When Learning is “Invisible”

In this session, we talk about what education and learning can mean when we begin to see children as whole, complex, capable people. We discuss all the various ways young people learn and how reducing learning to something concrete and measurable strips it of the many ways it can happen and look like. We also talk about why it even matters to recognize learning, by discussing invisible learning as a way to push back on dominant narratives around children, education and learning.
Voice of the Children

My Unparenting

A poem about unparenting

The SDE Weekend 3: Holding creative space for self-directed learners

A workshop on the role storytelling can play in self-directed education and how we can support ourselves and others in creating and collaborating

The SDE Weekend 3: Pop Culture Positive: A human centered and positive approach to screen time

After having led many discussions on screen time, Brooklyn brings a different angle to this year’s SDE weekend, with a focus on the quality and values pop culture and screens bring to our lives. The idea of youth accessing popular media can be scary. Moving past the conventional; discussion of managing your youths’ time on screens, Brooklyn will explore how opening up to popular media brings a deeper world view for the whole family. How dissolving value judgments brings trust to our relationships with our youth and how to build media literacy and online safety into your family culture.

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

Self-Directed Education, not progressive education, is the wave of the future.

The Transformative Power of Being Present: An Adult’s Role in Self-Directed Learning

In self-directed education, adults act as passion-driven role models, offering students silent invitations to explore diverse interests and showcasing alternative paths of learning and growth.

SDE Flash Fiction Collection

This is a collection of Flash Fiction (1,000 words or less) that was submitted to Tipping Points Magazine starting October 16, 2023.

The SDE Weekend 3: Consent, Kids + Cultivating Safety

Rosalia presented on the different aspects of body autonomy, boundaries, and consent. This foundational education is the basis for raising empowered children that understand their rights, but also the rights of others, and how this can create the robust and more effective transition to body safety education as the child develops.

The SDE Weekend 3: When Schoolishness Rises

How to recognize and process the thoughts and behaviors in educators, parents, and students that can compromise the integrity of your SDE practice

The SDE Weekend 3: When Both Parents Aren’t on Board

It is not uncommon for one parent to be all in (or mostly in!) on SDE, and for another to be skeptical or, sometimes, completely against it. This can be such a difficult situation, but one that many of us encounter. Listen to our panel discussion to hear the ways different families approach this and how it shows up for them.

The SDE Weekend 3: Things I’ve learned in 2 Years of Worldschooling

This is a presentation and discussion exploring the practice of intuitive family travel; an exploration ethic that aims to honor our internal navigation systems and create rich, fulfilling experiences for the whole family. Based on our 2+ years as a nomadic, unschooling family, I will discuss how we included our children in itinerary building, how our changing environments and landscapes shaped what and how we learned, as well as how our Worldschooling stories and strategies reverberate in our lives. We are engaging in embodied, environment-dependent learning even as we haven’t left our current home in a year! In the interest of including children in discussions about them, there will perhaps be some input on the day from my young people, should spirit move them to do so.

From the Archive
Voice of the Children

The Misuse of Words

As deschoolers, a lot of us use inaccurate words when discussing Self-Directed Education. What are more precise words that we can use and why does this matter? And when do we need to make up our own words?
El Mundo Donde los Niños Son Personas

¿Cómo elegir la “mejor educación” para tus hijos?

Todos los papás quieren brindar a sus hijos la mejor educación, pero ¿cómo te aseguras de hacer la elección adecuada para ellos?

The SDE Weekend 3: When Schoolishness Rises

How to recognize and process the thoughts and behaviors in educators, parents, and students that can compromise the integrity of your SDE practice
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