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2024-02-16My Unparenting

A poem about unparenting

2022-01-19Bribe Children and Call Them Stinky

Rebellion in Self-Directed Education

2021-04-30The Great Surfer

A tribute to childhood.

2021-02-02The Day Tàpies Went Fishing

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

2020-07-23Preparing 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.


A series on the systemic discrimination of youth.

2020-01-01(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.

2019-12-26The 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?

2019-09-24The Art of Self-Direction

An attempt to explain Self-Directed Education in twenty minutes.

2019-03-18Seas 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

2019-02-14Racial Equity in Self-Directed Education

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

2018-11-16Role for Initiative

An examination of role playing games as a microcosm of healthy Self-Directed Education environments

2018-08-31An Intersection

Musings on the best possible way to be with one another

2018-07-20Friends of the Modern School Interview

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

2018-06-03Across the Lines: Abolishing Racism with Education

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

2018-03-29Sexuality, Gender, and Childhood, Part II

How perception of sexuality and gender is transformed by education, and what that means in Self-Directed Education.

2018-03-01Sexuality, Gender, and Childhood, Part I

How perception of sexuality and gender is transformed by education, and what that means in Self-Directed Education.

2018-02-01The Children’s Civil Rights Movement

“Why are those teachers screaming at those kids?” my son James asked me, with a look of true shock and concern on his face. He […]

2017-08-13An Incomplete and Personal History of the Modern Schools

A romantic tale of becoming involved in the hundred year history of an anarchistic colony of self-directed educators and children