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Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin.

Seth is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. He wrote this educational manifesto, as a way to inspire change in the educational system. 

 

No Teachers, No Class, No Homework; Would you send your kids here?  by Emily Chertoff

Emily Chertoff is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic's National channel. In this piece, she explores and writes about Sudbury Schools and democratic education. 

 

 

Children Educate Themselves by Peter Gray

Peter Gray is an American researcher, author, and scholar who is a professor of psychology at Boston College. He is a critic of standardized educational systems and a free-play advocate. He is a founder of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education.

 

Kids Learn Math Easily When They Control Their Own Learning by Peter Gray

Researcher Peter Gray worked on this fascinating qualitative analysis of stories of unschooling and democratic schooling families and their journeys with math. He divided it into four main categories: playful math, instrumental math, didactic math, and college admissions math.

 

College Admissions for Alternative Schooled, Homeschooled, and Unschooled Applicants.

Admission into college is one of the top concerns of families considering unschooling. In this article, Antonio Buehler explores and provides concrete steps and advice to navigate the transition to college.

 

Class Dismissed by Hara Estroff Marano.

Hara takes a deep look into Sudbury Valley School, how the school works, how it motivates students, and how students learn in an environment where they are free to play all day. 

 

How it feels to send your kid to a "Free" school by Ben Kestner.

In this article, Ben complies stories shared by parents and founders of a Sudbury School. 

VIDEOS

Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin.

Seth is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. He wrote this educational manifesto, as a way to inspire change in the educational system. 

 

No Teachers, No Class, No Homework; Would you send your kids here?  by Emily Chertoff

Emily Chertoff is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic's National channel. In this piece, she explores and writes about Sudbury Schools and democratic education. 

 

 

Children Educate Themselves by Peter Gray

Peter Gray is an American researcher, author, and scholar who is a professor of psychology at Boston College. He is a critic of standardized educational systems and a free-play advocate. He is a founder of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education.

 

College Admissions for Alternative Schooled, Homeschooled, and Unschooled Applicants.

Admission into college is one of the top concerns of families considering unschooling. In this article, Antonio Buehler explores and provides concrete steps and advice to navigate the transition to college.

 

Class Dismissed by Hara Estroff Marano.

Hara takes a deep look into Sudbury Valley School, how the school works, how it motivates students, and how students learn in an environment where they are free to play all day. 

 

How it feels to send your kid to a "Free" school by Ben Kestner.

In this article, Ben complies stories shared by parents and founders of a Sudbury School. 

VIDEOS

PODCASTS

Fare of the Free Child 

A weekly-published podcast community centering People of Color in liberatory living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and special guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

 

This podcast has featured Chantrisse Parks (SSA's Staff Member) and Patty Zavala (SSA's Board Chair). 

To be Young, Self-Directed and Black - Chantrisse Parks.

The Sudbury Model Solution - Patty Zavala

 

Alpine Valley School Podcast.

An inside look at a Sudbury School. Hosted by Mark Gallivan, a former AVS student, graduate and current staff member at the school.

 

Exploring Unschooling

Hosted by Hosted by Pam Laricchia, author and long-time unschooling mom to three now-adult children.

BOOKS

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life by Peter Gray.

A leading expert in childhood development makes the case for why self-directed learning--"unschooling"--is the best way to get kids to learn.

 

 

Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education by John Taylor Gatto.

Throw off the shackles of formal schooling and embark upon a rich journey of self-directed, life-long learning

 

Radical Unschooling: A revolution has begun by Dayna Martin. 

Mrs. Martin takes us behind the curtain to see in rich detail what alternative education really looks like when it bestows upon its subjects the freedom to choose.

 

Sudbury Valley School book shop.

 

 

 

 

MORE ON DESCHOOLING

Deschooling. 

 

It is defined as the action or process of transferring the function of education within a society from conventional schools to non-institutional systems of learning which are held to allow the student to develop more freely.

 

But, what is it? How does it look like? Here are some resources to learn more: 

 

 

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