Author: Zakiyya Ismail

Zakiyya enjoys experimenting with ideas around freedom, life long learning and connected parenting. She has 3 children that have always been unschooled. She has a special interest in the potential for unschooling as a tool for decolonization, is interested in the intersection of unschooling and feminism and social justice.

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…

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…

Learning Reimagined! Family Conference

      Mark your calendar – South Africa is finally getting its first conference on Reimagining Learning, Self Directed Learning and Building Learning Communities. It is a blended family conference with presentations, panel discussions, small group discussions, funshops, a documentary…

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…

Rethinking Modern Schooling

Rethinking modern schooling from The Economics of Happiness on Vimeo. An edited sequence for The Economics of Happiness that ultimately did not make it into the film. It offers a critical look at modern schooling in both the global North…

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…