Tipping Points
February,  2020

Adult Playgrounds

Modeling play and freedom for adults (in hopes that it will help some adults deschool).

The Psychological Ecology of Self-Directed Education

One important role of the group in SDE.

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.

From “Video Game Addict” to Computer Programmer

A lifelong unschooler and recent “graduate” of self-directed program Pathfinder Community School transitioned from being obsessed with Minecraft to mastering multiple computer languages in less than a year.

No Easy Answers

Self-Directed Education, Critical Thinking, and Human Bias.
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Austin joins Flying Squads as a Collaborator

The latest SDE community to join the recent Flying Squad movement of stepping out of space pre-defined for youth.

Siyanür Zehirlenmesinde Nasıl Hayatta Kalınır

“Ölüme inananlar ve hayata inananlar” üzerine, “nefret dolu ceza sistemi” nin toplumumuzu nasıl şekillendirdiğine ve onu nasıl değiştirebileceğimize ya da değiştirip değiştiremeyeceğimize dair düşünceler.
Growing Up Unschooled

How I Learn(ed)

“But... How did you learn the things that you needed to know?” ​ Everyone involved in SDE knows the common questions — “How did you […]
Voice of the Children

(Self-Directed) Education is a Political Act

A look at the various current definitions of “freedom” in Self-Directed Education, their historic roots, and their correlation to political ideologies.
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?

Was bedeutet es, gebildet zu sein?

Was definiert Bildung in unserer modernen Zeit? Was macht jemandem zu einem gebildeten Menschen? Und wo findet Bildung überhaupt statt? Ein Text über die Förderung echter Bildung, in dem über das veraltete, zwanghafte Schulmodell der vergangenen Jahrhunderte hinausgeblickt wird.

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.
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.

From the Archive

Anarcho-Feminist Psychology: Contributing to Postformal Criticality

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

What Happens to Self-Directed Learners?

Even in the world of alternative education, North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens is a hard program to fully grasp. Now in our 21st year, […]

The Key to Learning: Process vs Product in SDE

A beautiful real-life example of how life-learning, process-orientation and collaboration can trump lectures, product-orientation and competition.
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