Resources

Do you want to dive deep into Self-Directed Education? Do you want to stay up to date on the most recent news and thoughts from those making changes in the education system? Here are some of our suggestions.

 

Sites related to Self-Directed Education

  • Alliance for Self-Directed Education
    "The Alliance for Self-Directed Education (ASDE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to normalizing and legitimizing Self-Directed Education, to make it available to everyone who seeks it".

  • Alternative Education Resource Organization 
    AERO’s goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education.

  • Freedom to Learn
    The Psychology Today blog of Peter Gray, a professor of psychology at Boston College who writes about alternative approaches to education and the life-long value of play.

  • I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write. 
    Blog by childhood unschooler and lifelong learner, Idzie Desmarais of Montreal, Quebec about  unschooling, reading, teaching vs. learning, respectful parenting and socialization.

  • IDEA 
    (Institute for Democratic Education in America) – A nonprofit organization that supports and showcases democratic education settings.

  • Challenging the Myths of Modern Schooling
    A website featuring the writings of John Taylor Gatto, a former New York State Teacher of the Year who is now an activist and public speaker against compulsory education.

Podcasts

Fare of the Free Child
"The podcast is called Fare of the Free Child, and its purpose is to help me amplify the underrepresented voices and unique concerns of people of color looking for real viable options to the oppressive systems that our children are expected to live and learn within...So on Fare of the Free Child, I’ll talk about ways to make self-directed education more accessible for black and brown people—I want to solve that problem through this network I’m building with this podcast."
 

Off-Trail Learning
"You don't have to suffer through a frustrating high school or college experience. You can leave the beaten path and blaze your own trail through life and learning. Off-Trail Learning shows teenaged and college-aged young people every option for getting more out of life than what school offers."

Two students drawing and studying in the art room.