from their site (linked above):
Imagine what would happen if, instead of sending children to coercive schools where their natural ways of learning are curtailed, we provided them with the resources that would allow their curiosity, playfulness, and other natural ways of learning to flourish. That is Self-Directed Education (SDE); education that derives from the self-chosen activities and life experiences of the learner.
The Alliance for Self-Directed Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to normalizing and legitimizing Self-Directed Education, to make it available to everyone who seeks it. We invite you to join.
dec 2016 – Peter on – what is self directed learning
most comes from everyday life.. via curiosity..
from pre launch:
parts from a brief history via Peter..via newsletter 2:
The seeds of ASDE were planted in the fall of 2011, when a small group, mostly living in the Boston area, began to meet at Boston College every three months to talk about how to foster self-directed education. The participants in those meetings who are still involved include Pat Farenga (a long-time leading authority on homeschooling and unschooling, who has helped keep alive the work and ideas of John Holt); Peter Bergson (co-founder of Open Connections, a learning center in Pennsylvania for homeschoolers and unschoolers); Stephen Dill (Marketing Manager at Wheelock College, who had been blogging about the inefficiencies and ineffectiveness of standard schooling);Cevin Soling (an academician, musician, youth rights advocate, and creator of the film The War on Kids as well as other documentary films); and me (Peter Gray, a research professor who has for many years been studying and writing about children’s natural ways of learning). At first we were primarily a discussion group, who got together to talk about the projects that each of us was involved in and to discuss how social change, which could enable self-directed education for children and adolescents everywhere, might occur.
Informally, we called ourselves The Tipping Point Project, because our theory was (and still is) that once some critical percentage (maybe 10%, maybe 15%) of families have removed their children from standard schooling for some form of self-directed education, so that everyone will know families who have done that and can see how happy and successful the children are, the floodgates will open. Citizens will then begin to demand changes in laws and public funding that will free children from our outdated, coercive system of education and enable and support self-directed educational opportunities for all families, regardless of means. We began to think about how we might help nudge society toward that tipping point.
Later, we were joined by Kerry McDonald (a blogger, writer forNatural Mother magazine, and unschooling mom), Brooke Newman(a graduate of the Sudbury Valley School, who went on to become a writer, researcher, nonprofit administrator, and consultant to nonprofit organizations), and Jens Peter de Pedro (CEO of the kids interactive media consultancy Little Frog and a leader in the creation of innovative games for young children). These people played major roles in taking our group to a new level of activity. We created a website, alternativestoschool.com, designed to inform the public about the advantages and means of self-directed education, a regular blog on issues pertaining to self-directed education, and a Facebook page. These are all still very active, and we believe they have played a valuable role in conveying information about self-directed education and encouraging families to try it.
Now, with the formation of ASDE, we are taking the Tipping Point Project to a still much higher level—a level that will help to pool the ideas and energies of the hundreds and even thousands of people already involved with SDE. To help create the Alliance, six more people have joined the organizing team. These are Scott Noelle (author, parenting coach, and unschooling dad); Akilah Richards (author, frequent speaker, and unschooling mom who, in her words, is “keenly focused on amplifying the spectrum of black and brown voices in the self-directed education movement”); Tomis Parker (a founder of the network of centers for self-directed education called Agile Learning Centers, who brings agile organizational skills to our team); Laura Kriegel (a talented artist, sought-after speaker, and cofounder of Camp Stomping Ground, a mixed age, free play summer camp for self-directed campers); Jack Schott (IT expert, student of human possibilities, and the other cofounder of Camp Stomping Ground); andDanielle A. Levine (a young lawyer committed to children’s rights, and co-founder and director of Dida Academy, a self-directed learning center for teens and young adults)”.
I want to see, in my lifetime, the revolution that will free children from coercive education and provide, instead, rich opportunities for children to learn in the ways that nature has designed them to learn. Together, I believe, we can make this happen.
The Alliance for Self-Directed Education has released its first video aimed at the general public: How We See Self-Directed Education.
children are therefore.. never not learning..
we trust children
oct 2017 – schooling was for industrial era.. unschooling for future – by Kerry
Cultivating passion is nearly impossible within a coercive schooling structure that values conformity over creativity, compliance over-exuberance. This could help explain why the unschooling, or Self-Directed Education, movement is taking off, with more parents migrating from a schooling model of education for their children to a learning one.
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The Alliance for Self-Directed Education is a non-partisan voice working to make Self-Directed Education an accessible, normal option for every young person.