- How to Radically Unleash a Generation of Geniuses? , Joshua Davis. This article shares a trace back of alternative schools across history and current experiments around the world. It includes an inspirational story of a Mexican teacher who had no resources in his public school classroom but still managed to support his children unleash their genius abilities
- Why our Coercive System of Schooling Should Topple? Four reasons why Self-Directed Education will replace schooling, Peter Gray
- A Thousand Rivers?: What the Modern World Has Forgotten About Children and Learning , Carol Black: On the life of an unschooler, on learning from indigenous cultures and on how the modern school system comes from a WEIRD part of the world!
Recommended Videos and Movies
A teenager shares his experience of hacking his own schooling on a TEDx stage
The need to unlearn what school taught us and go back to our knowledge roots, a journey of a Harvard Math professor and a famous Arab thinker on education.
From the Alliance of Self-Directed Education
Do Schools Kill Creativity? by Sir Ken Robinson
The most viewed TED talk worldwide
Changing Education Paradigms, Sir Ken Robinson
Build a School in the Cloud, Sugata Mitra
On Self-Organized Learning Environments and an inspiring vision informed by field research with kids who were able to teach themselves in rural parts of India.
Short Animation Movie on the effects on Schooling
One of our top favorite documentaries on schooling around the world
One of the first democratic schools in the 20th century and of the long lasting ones, Summer Hill stands until the present day as a proof on Self-Directed Education.
A short, fun video on putting the school system on trial!
Recommended Research Papers and Journals
A tracing of the history of self-directed education, unschooling and democratic schooling as well as its results,
Emerging and re-emerging learning communities, old wisdoms and new initiatives from around the world, Sheela Pimpare and Munir Fasheh
“The common urge is to recognize, legitimize and revitalise, or create worldviews underlying diverse traditional cultures, submerged during the last few centuries by the processes of colonisation and development, to regenerate the wisdom embedded in these cultures and to create novel initiatives for learning and growing as communities”.
“This journal seeks to bring together an international community of scholars exploring the topic of unschooling and alternative learning, which espouses learner centered democratic approaches to learning. JUAL is also a space to reveal the limitations of mainstream schooling”. You can find case studies of alternative learning, democratic education, unschooling and self-directed education from around the world.
Hekayti Maa Al Riyadhyat, Munir Fasheh
The Ignorant Schoolmaster, Jacques Ranciere
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire
Pedagogy of Empowerment, Malak Zaalouk
De-schooling Society, Ivan Illich
On Education, J. Krishnamurti
Dumbing Us Down, John Taylor Gatto
Better than College, How to Build A Successful Life Without A Four Year Degree, Blake Boles (subscribe to the writer’s website to get a free copy)
Free to Learn, Peter Gray
Finite and Infinite Games, James P. Carse
Recommended Resource Pages/ Online Libraries
Still want more?! This is GREAT! Below are two of our favorite websites with online libraries and/or listings of further resources on topics of: free learning, indigenous knowledge, alternative learning, reclaiming our lives, unschooling, self-directed and democratic education! ENJOY!
Our all-time-favorite is all the productions and library resources of our friends organization, Shikshantar: The People’s institute for rethinking education and development, a 19-year old think tank and activist resource center on alternative learning and living. Visit their library page to find innumerable books, articles and movies.
The magazine “Growing Without Schooling”, has a long page of resources on homeschooling, unschooling and self-directed education. It can answer all the possible questions you may have as well as provide links to additional books, articles and websites.
Want to add your favorite resource to the list? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Want to know more about how we convert these ideals into a learning community in Egypt, visit how a typical day at our space looks like!