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Ways of Thinking, Not School Subjects

“Subjects” like math and history are less subjects and more ways of thinking. Thus, when folks worry about how self-directed learners will learn math or history, the “ways of thinking” approach makes the answer more obvious.

The American School System Is Destroying The Voice Of Young Writers

The strict guidelines of a graded writing system destroys passionate writing in schools.

Update Available: Why Big Tech is in the Business of Education Reform

Contrasting the philosophy and practices of the Agile Learning Center with the motives behind the collaboration of compulsory school systems and the tech industry.
Voice of the Children

An Intersection

Musings on the best possible way to be with one another

Organized Sports Are Not Play

How organized sports have co-opted play and why early organized sports aren’t a great option for kids.

Self-Directed Education and the New Shape of Knowledge

How the “information age” has transformed how knowledge works in a way that makes SDE all the more feasible, urgent, and relevant.

Now I Need Two Theories

How I learned that my kids are different

I Live in a Research Lab

Self-directed learners are natural scientists and the exploration that they carry out is genuine research in a way that school science mostly is not.
El Mundo Donde los Niños Son Personas

Cuando valores obsoletos dirigen el aprendizaje

Hay muchas razones por qué la escuela convencional falla. La más grande es porque dejamos que valores obsoletos dirijan el aprendizaje.
Voice of the Children

Friends of the Modern School Interview

An interview with Leo Goldman and Jon Thoreau Scott, former students of the anarchistic Stelton Modern School.

Defending the Obvious

In the land of Socrates and the founding fathers of the Athenian Academy you would expect ample interest in free-thinking, democratic education. And yet, an astonishing fact emerges...

Stop Putting Subjects into Hierarchies

As SDE parents, it is often one of the last habits we have to break.
The Self-Directed Bookworm

How to Quit Parenting

Parenting has become a job. What if you quit that job?

Deschooling in School

Part 4: Conclusions.
El Mundo Donde los Niños Son Personas

¿Cómo se defenderán mis hijos desescolarizados en el futuro?

Muchos papás le temen a la desescolarización y sus posibles consecuencias negativas. En este artículo Rebecka Koritz nos ofrece un panorama realista y optimista que contrasta con estas preconcepciones.


Students view school as a prison that is deteriorating their mental health and passion for learning– but also as a necessity.

My Faith Led Me to Unschooling

By digging deeper into my faith, I learned what it means to be a family that learns together
Voice of the Children

Across the Lines: Abolishing Racism with Education

Cultivating liberated and unbiased spaces for youth to grow through Self-Directed Education

Growing and Learning Beyond “Normal”

Is there such thing as a normal two, three, or six year old? Actually, the science is pretty shaky.

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