Self Directed Learning Resources

Videos and Articles

How We See Self-Directed Education – Akilah S. Richards and ASDE

Trusting Children to Learn – Marley Richards and ASDE

On the Wildness of Children by Carol Black

A Thousand Rivers by Carol Black

On Point Interview on Unschooling with Peter Gray and Maleka Diggs

Unschooling: Shifting from Force to Freedom in Education by Kerry McDonald

Organizations and Notable Podcasts

Alliance for Self-Directed Learning (ASDE): A nonprofit organization dedicated to normalizing and legitimizing self-directed education, to make it available to everyone who seeks it.

List of Podcasts from the Alliance for Self-Directed Learning

Alternative Education Resources Organization (AERO): AERO’s mission is to help create an education revolution to make learner-centered education available to everyone.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Fare of the Free Child a weekly-published podcast community centering Black people, Indigenous people, and 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 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.


In a practical context, it refers to the mental process a person goes through after being removed from a formal schooling environment, when the “school mindset” is eroded over time. Deschooling may refer to the time period it takes for children removed from school to adjust to learning in an unstructured environment.

Families who have taken their children out of school to homeschool often find their children (and often the parents too) need a period of adjustment – learning to live without the reinforcement of grading and regimented learning. It is typically used to describe children who have been removed from school for the purpose of self-directed homeschooling, but technically applies any person leaving school, either by dropping out or graduating. – Wikipedia

Here are some links for more on Deschooling for children and parents.

But I thought we ALREADY deschooled . . .

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