BEN OKRI

Freedom is the beginning of the greatest possibilities of the human genius.  It is not the goal.

RABINDRANATH TAGORE

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.

AHMED CHICKTAY

At school we unlearn how to learn naturally.

IVAN ILLICH

For most people, schooling twists genetic difference into certified degradation

JOI ITO

Education is what people do to you 
Learning is what you do for yourself

ARTICLES

Open Letter To Eusebius McKaiser

Eusebius McKaiser is radio presenter, political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer and writer. On the July 2, 2017 he posted publicly on his facebook page his witnessing of an interaction between a mother and child. It seemed like his post was shared with humorous intent....

My School ~ Rabindranath Tagore

In 1863, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, established a school modelled on the principles of humanism and sustainability, in Bengal, India. He later delivered a lecture in America which was subsequently published in Personality London: MacMillan, 1933.  This...

Deschooling Reading List

Decolonisation starts with deschooling right? This is one post to bookmark as it links to 16 other long, thought provoking reads.

An Immigrant Deschooler in a Native Unschooler’s World

We all have a lens through which we view, process and act in the world. As an unschooling parent I find myself in a perpetual state of deschooling. These are my reflections on the different lenses through which my always unschooled children and I differ.

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...

Why we need to Reimagine Schooling and Education

I am well aware that to question the value of free and compulsory schooling is considered taboo by many people. After all, everybody has been sold on the concept that education, in the form of industrial schooling, is the magic bullet that will deliver humanity, end...

BOOKSHELF

Teacher Liberation Handbook

With the assistance of Ken Danford, founder of Northstar Self Directed Learning for Teens, Joel liberated himself from being a public school teacher and together with his team team established the Princeton Learning Cooperative. Now Joel and Ken and many others...

Learning All The Time by John Holt

Learning All The Time John Holt The essence of John Holt’s insight into learning and small children is captured in Learning All The Time. This delightful book by the influential author of How Children Fail and How Children Learn shows how children learn to read,...

Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich

Unschooling Rules ~ Clark Aldrich Reading Time: 1 Hour. Read this if you’re new to the idea that schools aren’t delivering on their promises. This is a great guide to think about many of the issues that might be bothering you about the failures on the schooling system...

Natural Born Learners

Natural Born Learners ~ Edited By Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko and Carlo Ricci A series of essays that were once radio interviews. This books is a wonderful reflection of the diversity of thought in the natural learning, self directed education world. Divided into three...

EVENTS

7th Annual Unschooling Weekend

The annual unschoolers camp has become a permanent spot on many family's calendars. Each year new families arrive and so the community, connection and fun grows. This Nov sees the 7th Annual Unschoolers' Weekend. Unschooling families will gather once again in the most...

Unschooling: Liberation and Language with Akilah Richards

Invitation It is a great honour to invite you to an interactive discussion with Akilah Richards. We'll explore the Liberation that comes with unschooling and discuss ideas for better aligning our language with our goals for equity and social justice in the society we...

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...