Tipping Points
September,  2019

Healing Humanity One Reconnected Learner at a Time

Former teacher challenges readers to re-envision schools as a place to support children’s self-discovery which positively affects us all.

Not-Back-to-School Survival Thriving

End of summer may highlight the social nonconformity of living without school, but it can also be a time for celebrating the family’s moves toward what actually works, and witnessing thriving!

Rachel Winston Rippy in Memoriam

A friend introduced me to Rachel in 2016. I had heard rumors of the Fifteenth Street School, the first Summerhill inspired school in New York […]
Growing Up Unschooled

Growing Up Unschooled

Unschooling or SDE Schools: What we all need is community

Liberating The Teacher

A first person account of a directed learning seminar that didn’t happen
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Conscious Bodies: How Self-Directed Education creates alive and aware individuals and communities

A focus on how connections create awareness both on the individual scale as well as the community scale.

Anarcho-Feminist Psychology: Contributing to Postformal Criticality

Part three of four of a collection of essays from the book Anarchist Pedagogies.

Electric Fences, Chalk Lines, and the Spirit of Self Defense

This post describes a significant change we have recently made to our judicial system at Hudson Valley Sudbury School.

Swimming in the Deep End

What happens when we walk alongside our kids instead of throwing up invisible boundaries.

Blake Boles Keynote

Alternative Education Resource Education Conference 2019

Spaces of Learning: The Anarchist Free Skool

Part two of four of a collection of essays from the book Anarchist Pedagogies.

Voices of Children

The Story of the Fifteenth Street School

Fear and Loathing with Self-Directed Learners

A first person account of self-directed learners taking appropriate risk, managing anger and fear. Further musing and speculation about the nature of fear and adult discomfort with children taking risks.

What if They Just...?

Maybe it isn’t that school is so structured because kids are incapable, but that kids seem incapable because we only see what they are doing in schools that are so structured.

Anarchist Pedagogy in Action: Paideia, Escuela Libre

Part one of four of a collection of essays from the book Anarchist Pedagogies.

School Denies the Body

Exploring the role of school in mind-body separation

An Education for the End of the World, Part II

A discussion of self-direction in the era of climate change.

Unschooling and Democratic Education: A dysfunctional marriage?

One parent’s experience of having moved from unschooling to democratic education, the differences and similarities.

An Education for the End of the World, Part I

A discussion of self-direction in the era of climate change.

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