Deschooling Reading List

Reimagining Learning and Education: Thought Provoking Short Reads Exploring Issues in Education and Schooling.   Popular perception holds that the institution of schooling is the panacea that will eliminate poverty and inequality and bring prosperity to all who have access…

The Teacher Liberation Handbook

With the help Ken Danford, founder of Northstar Self Directed Learning for Teens, Joel and his team team established the Princeton Learning Cooperative. Now Joel and Ken and many others provide a comprehensive support system for others trying to establish…

Want To…

Want to… Want to live in a free world? Free the Children. Remove those restrictions on them that deny them their childhood Want to live in a world of love? Love Children. Unconditionally. Receive their love that they give so…

Midnight – By Makayla

  Once upon a time there lived a girl named Midnight. She wanted to help the world. She wanted to help everyone but her mom says she can’t. Her mom says that she’ll get hurt. But Midnight says I know…

Natural Born Learners

Humans are natural learners. Many of the authors in this collection of essays begin from a learner-centred, democratic perspective. Complete list of authors include: John Taylor Gatto, Pat Farenga, Satish Kumar whose Tedx Talk on Educating with Hands, Hearts and…

Schooling: It’s not about Learning

There is a strong sentiment amongst education academics against children learning exclusively outside of schools. Professor Jonathen Jansen, Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of Free State, South Africa, recently shared this sentiment (to much applause) on Facebook. This statement…

For most people, schooling twists genetic difference into certified degradation. ~ Shadow Work

Shadow Work

Summerhill Democratic School

Summerhill School is the original, alternative, free democratic school.  Founded by A.S. Niell in 1921, it continues to be an influential model for progressive, democratic education around the world.   In 1997, Tony Blair’s new Labor Government took steps to…