Tipping Points
February,  2021

Changing Our Minds

How children can take control of their own learning
Voice of the Children

The Day Tàpies Went Fishing

You can lead a horse to water, but can you make her fish?

Change Your Mindset Toward Learning, Change Your Child’s Future

Understand how language and metaphors structures one’s mindset toward learning and discover some SDE alternatives.

How SDE Intersects with Parenting & Ethnicity

A chat about the difficulties of various ethnic and cultural experiences existing in SDE and unschooling spaces.

Grown Unschoolers on Most Common Unschooling Myths – Video Series

A three-part crowdsourced video series of grown unschoolers addressing common myths about unschooling.
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Previous Stories

What do White Saviorism and Adultism have in common (besides me)?

Using personal experiences in the Peace Corps and in conventional education systems, this is my attempt at connecting the dots between adultism and white saviorism
Growing Up Unschooled

Flying Squads: Back to the Beginning

The least amount of control I have ever had

Higher Education, Re-Imagined

How the pandemic is going to transform higher education

Cultural Values & Self Directed Education

A chat about the difficulties of various ethnic and cultural experiences existing in SDE and unschooling spaces.

Raising Free People

Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work

Math Beyond The School Mindset

Understanding the facts behind self-directed math learning and how schoolish math impairs learning.

Embracing our neurodiverse children for who they are, not who they should be

A mother’s reflection on how unschooling has allowed her ASD son to be himself

Our Family Gap Year, An Origin Story

My 2 year old lasted two weeks in preschool. The experience drove us into the arms of full time travel, but more than that, unschooling.

Trump and the New Fascism: How Did We Get Here, Part I

Trump, Black Lives Matter, and a concise history of the rise of contemporary fascism. Featuring Mr. Rogers and the Black Panthers!

Education: Time For a Change?

I would rather Summerhill produced a happy street sweeper than a neurotic Prime Minister.” –A. S. Neill, pioneering founder of Summerhill School

What If We Radically Reimagined the New School Year?

Monday night I sat on my back patio staring up into a rare, starry Chicago night. I squinted and made out each point of The […]
Voice of the Children

Preparing for Outdoor SDE

As more self-directed communities are considering heading outdoors this school year, some facilitators might be wondering what to pack for daily excursions. Here’s what one facilitator has been packing in his outdoor bag over the past couple of years.

Reflections of a Germinating Facilitator

Maintaining a garden can help to change one’s thinking.

From the Archive

Can You Love What You Do?

Contrary to cultural expectations, self chosen activities don’t have to taste bad to be good!

Wanted: A Few Good Females

Why is it that parents, who come to see the value in a Free School education, think it might be just the thing for their son, but don’t want to rock the boat for their “well-adjusted” daughter?

Is Self-Directed Education Producing Model Workers For An Innovation-Based Economy?

Some education experts and “edupreneurs” are looking to Self-Directed Education as the best way to train young people for a competitive global economy. While SDE may promote the skills, additives and behaviors most rewarded in an innovation-based economy, the values of freedom and empowerment of children are in tension with the project of education as economic indoctrination.
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