Author: Safiah

Author: Safiah

My Education, My Liberation – Johannesburg

“A conversation on the freedom of education through the lenses of Self-Directed Education, what freedom in education can look like, and how we can create liberatory practices in ourselves and our communities.” - How do we define freedom? - Does our education ensure our freedom? If so, how? - What is the important of unconditional [...]
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Raising Free & Aware People

Why This Now (A note from Zakiyya Ismail) ”There’s a contestation between the dominant messaging in our society and our goals as unschoolers in raising free people. The dominant society we live in is patriarchal, racist, ableist, homophobic and adultist.  It’s evident in in the way language is used, TV shows, jokes, books etc. Our [...]
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How to Focus on Learning

This is a supporting resource for adults to go through the rationale, the benefits, the urgency, and the solutions inside of, a life that gives a child the room to own their educational journey, and to understand themselves as lifelong learners, and not merely temporary students who need to impress adults in order to feel [...]
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Racial Equity in Homeschooling

"Transitioning to homeschooling was eye opening. This method uncovered how much my own conditioning about learning impacted my daughters. The system was a well-oiled and self-sustaining machine burnt into the recesses of my conscious and unconscious; marionette to the system. A natural learner myself, all that was left was to let go. But unschooling? Initially [...]
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Decolonizing Gender Activism

As an American African, part of Moji's deschooling journey has been unlearning and pointing out white supremacy in all it's hidden forms. In this final episode of the Wellness Spiral series, Moji uses bits of the book titled The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses to emphasize the need to disrupt [...]
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Letter #5 + Risking Discomfort

Sometimes, it's okay not to be okay. This week's letter of support for people raising free people offers that reminder, plus some tools for standing in that truth. Plus, a sweet story about pushing past discomfort so you can make participate in the type of change you want to see in the world. RELATED LINKS [...]
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Wellness Spiral 3: Intuition + Trust

Episode 94 is the 3rd takeover of Wellness Spiral with Moji Yai plus support letter # 4. The Gainesville wellness scene is beautiful, and Elena Lakay is part of why. This is Elena's second pregnancy, her first was 22 years ago when she gave birth to beautiful twins! Elena and I discuss the differences so [...]
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Letter #3 + Apprenticeship Benefits

"It’s not on you to prove that homeschooling works." I agree with Julie Bogart for sure...BUT, as much as I would love for all of us to be able to be all, 'Bih ,dis what I’m doing for and with my family, and if you nuh like it you can gweh!' It’s not always that [...]
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Support & Sightings

Letters of support for people raising free people, meaning unschoolers and other folks in Self-Directed Education. Also, we're share our first deschooling sighting courtesy of Moji Yai. Her keen observation of Ralph Angel from Queen Sugar is a simple reminder of the ways schooling can be toxic. Plus, we're bringing up the ways that rhythm [...]
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Deschooling DC

Support letter #2 is here! Plus, a beautiful sentiment from a new mother, based in PG County with roots in DC. She (Najai Knox) started Deschooling DC as a means to resolve the issues that school causes and perpetuates, particularly for Black children. Listen to Najai's story--her why and what--and email her to encourage our [...]
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