Tipping Points
December,  2023

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.
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A book review for the 2022 collection of essays from Ricci and Riley: Joys of Self-Determined Learning

The SDE Weekend 3: How to end power struggles and build connection with kids

In this Radical Deschooling Chat, we’ll share why we adults so often engage in (and create!) power struggles with young people. We’ll dive deep into triggering moments and the underlying fears that spark them, and how changing our perspective of what’s happening can help us both change our attitude and language in order to build connection with the young humans in our lives. Are you ready to combat the adult supremist in you? Regardless if you’re a facilitator, running an ALC or a parent, if you’re an adult supporting youth – this offering is for you!

What I Believe Teens Really Deserve

How I came face-to-face with society’s (and my own) anti-teen biases

Self-Directed Education in Action

My observations and reflections on spontaneous self-directed learning, aka, play.

The SDE Weekend 3: New and New(ish) to SDE

Are you new, or semi-new, to Self-Directed Education (SDE)? In this session we chatted about what SDE is, the underlying values and optimizing conditions for SDE to flourish, the many and varied ways SDE can look in practice, and answered any questions participants had about Self-Directed Education, and the Alliance. Watch this recording if you are looking to learn more about SDE and how it shows up in the world.

The SDE Weekend 3: Starting a (Decolonized) SDE Center with Raj Kanani

Are you thinking about starting an SDE center or community, or have you recently started one? Is your child a part of an SDE collective? Are you just looking for inspiration? During this workshop, Raj shared the Liberated Kids journey from seed idea to reality. Participants had the chance to ask questions, break out into small groups to map out their next steps, and share their own seed ideas with the rest of the group.

The SDE Weekend 3: Flying Squad Panel Q&A

Flying Squads is a youth liberation and anti-oppression collective. We believe in the abolition of divided spaces between young people and the rest of their community. This means that Flying Squads step out of the classroom and off the playground and into public space as a form of youth activism. Listen to a group of flying squad youth and facilitators discuss the ins and outs of Flying Squads.

The SDE Weekend 3: How to be an SDE kid in a schoolish world

In this panel, Unschoolers will discuss their experiences and thoughts on growing up in a world that is often doubting, questioning, mistrusting, and making fun of young people who aren’t sitting in school all day. Navigating doubtful family members, comparing oneself to peers, and getting the most ignorant questions from new acquaintances, unschooling can often feel alienating in a world where school is the default. We’ll talk about how we deal with these issues, and oftentimes, just laugh it off.

The SDE Weekend 3: Deepening Intuition for Decision Making with Meenadchi

Intuition is an inner guidance system which is often conditioned into silence through dominant culture education and approaches to learning. Societal expectations and intergenerational trauma histories also impact our ability to access this life-giving tool. Through this session, you will be invited to reflect on your current relationship to intuition, how it informs your relationship to those around you, and how you want to weave intuition-building skills into your decisions moving forward.

Learning to Embrace Life as a Teacher: A Poem

A poem describing the cyclical stages/thoughts we go through after committing to unschooling

RIGGED Book Review by Pat Farenga

RIGGED: Uncovering strengths, friendships, and a teen’s difficult journey to maturity

Ask Me Anything with ASDE Organizers

Members of the Organizing Team for the Alliance for Self-Directed Education answered your questions about anything related to SDE and ASDE! Together, Bria, Domari, Daveed, and Alex have decades of experience working with young people, parenting, facilitating, working with parents and families, and advocating for Self-Directed Education and youth liberation.

The SDE Weekend 3: “And then what? A 3 part framework to help us decenter schooling at home and co-create a more beautiful possibility”

We want more for our young people and ourselves. We deserve more. But, how do we actually get it and what is it what we are trying to get? There are no simple answers or linear paths. But, having a framework to lean into as we navigate the process helps. Together we will explore my Decenter to Center Framework as a tool to not just decenter schooling but also create a home culture that centers learning, connection, belonging, and relationship. Progress requires a high vision. Process helps keep us on our path.

What’s the Damn Rush? Embracing the Present Instead of Preparing for the Future

Not preplanning every thing about my child’s life and education

Why I Denied My Own Needs For So Long

Tearing Down a Once-Useful Defense Mechanism – Denial

From the Archive

School Culture is Really Strange

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

From Waldorf to Unschooling

One family’s journey from Waldorf Education to Self-Directed Education.

Making Sense of #metoo

Consent is a big part of what we do at Mont-Libre. But tackling an issue as sensitive as #metoo with teenage boys is still a challenge.
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