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A Benevolent Dictator is Still a Dictator

Recently, Houston Sudbury School was included in a video on unschooling for reason.com. See how the school came to that decision, working through differences of opinion regarding participation.
Voice of the Children

Seas Rising Up, Youth Rising Up

On Friday several self-directed learning centers in New York City joined thousands of other young people worldwide as they walked out of school on climate strike

They Only Get One Childhood

The journey of three children and one parent into Self-Directed Education
El Mundo Donde los Niños Son Personas

Libertad Bajo Responsabilidad

Muchas son las personas que confunden libertad con libertinaje. En este artículo Rebecka Koritz explica las diferencias.

“Take Chances, Make Mistakes, and Get Messy!”

Ms. Frizzle and the future of education

Educare, Educere, Explorare

Discussing the etymology of the word, “education,” arguing that it is problematic, and suggesting a different word as the foundation for a philosophy of learning.
Voice of the Children

Racial Equity in Self-Directed Education

A transcript of the panelists at the Heartwood ALC Liberation & Education Summit 2019.

Redefining Respect, Part Two

Respect has the consensus of being important, so why are adults yanking it away from our children? Follow me, an unschooler with strong opinions, as I use a short audio series to deconstruct the concept of respect, replacing conventional ideas with a more unschooled perspective.
El Mundo Donde los Niños Son Personas

Todo lo que se necesita son las condiciones apropiadas

Nos hemos alejado tanto de la naturaleza, que no logramos ver la perfección en cada niño. Tan alejados estamos de poder reconocer su innata sabiduría.

Redefining Respect, Part One

Respect has the consensus of being important, so why are adults yanking it away from our children? Follow me, an unschooler with strong opinions, as I use a short audio series to deconstruct the concept of respect, replacing conventional ideas with a more unschooled perspective.

In the Moment: Managing Conflict at North Star

“I just want to know the rule. Can we play the guitar in the common room or not?”

Ours First

Have non-White families even considered this fascinating new way of educating?

The Only Right Way to Learn is Freely

One family’s journey of going through various methods of education, including from one method of Self-Directed Education to another.

Day 50 – Back to the Roots

It all starts with Trust.

Learning Happens... Even When It Isn’t the Goal

How learning is often a byproduct of doing, and doesn’t have to be the goal.

Back Home: self-directed learning in fiction

Most children’s books reinforce the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling. Back Home by Michelle Magorian is an exception, with the heroine Rusty ending up at an early democratic school which is presented as a common sense and humane approach to education.

What Are You Up To?

The weekly routine in the wonderful life of an Agile Learning Facilitator.

Change up Change Up

How new perspectives brought about empathy at an Agile Learning Center.

Agile Learning Centers, Liberated Learners, and Sudbury Schools: What’s the Difference?

An exploration of three popular models for supporting self-directed learners.

Schooling’s Assault on Young Anti-Authoritarians

In this excerpt from Resisting Illegitimate Authority, Bruce E. Levine surveys the means by which conventional schooling punishes anti-authoritarian impulses and primes children for conformity.

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