Tipping Points
December,  2019

On Play

Exploring the role of play in our lives: what it is, why we do it, and it’s extrinsic and intrinsic value.

Hot Tub Germ Exposure Bolsters Resilience

A rare encounter with a hostile person reminds us how grateful we are for the freedom to learn that SDE affords us.

Tu interés es tu maestro

Entre los 6 y los 12 años, mi hijo aprendió a leer y hablar inglés sin ir a la escuela ni ser enseñado por maestros.

Re-Directed Attention

Or, what would Dr. Peter Gray’s, “What Einstein, Twain, & Forty Eight Others Said About School” sound like sourced from my library.

Our New Membership Policy and Membership Drive: Raising Our Game to a New Level

A Message from Peter Gray, President of ASDE
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Free. Spirited. Childhood.

“What if...”

An exploration of the “what ifs” surrounding Self-Directed Education.

The School Choice Debate Misses the Point

Arguing over test scores and other statistical outcomes takes the focus away from deeper questions about freedom and human flourishing.

School Culture is Really Strange

Reading Ramona the Pest as a self directed learner highlights how arbitrary school conventions really are.

The Limits of Trusting Children

Children should be trusted to make the decisions that are relevant to their education and life. Self-Directed Education requires that adults trust children. However, there are limits to that trust.

The Brain is a Learning (and Forgetting) Machine... and What This Means for Self-Directed Education

People who bypass conventional school often have concern about the learning they might be missing out on. Research, however, demonstrates that we remember only a tiny amount of what we are taught in school. Research also demonstrates that we remember better when we learn out of interest.
El Mundo Donde los Niños Son Personas

No sueltes el liderazgo

Hay muchos y diferentes estilos de crianza. Este artículo se dirige a los papás que tienden a confundir una crianza respetuosa y pacífica con la falta de liderazgo.

Dragons and the Art of Letting Go

Parenting perspective on children’s autonomy in their appearance

From Deschooling to Unschooling: Rethinking Anarchopedagogy after Ivan Illich

The last of a four part collection of essays from the book Anarchist Pedagogies.
Voice of the Children

The Art of Self-Direction

An attempt to explain Self-Directed Education in twenty minutes.

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

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.

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