Akilah

is creating community resources for BIPOC in Self-Directed Education.

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Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty spaces because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $3 per month and get 


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• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

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You are welcome here.


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty things because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $49 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

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per month

You are welcome here.


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty spaces because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $100 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

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About


With a focus on deschooling one’s self, decolonizing education, and exploring radical self-expression, these conversations both challenge and inform us to push past coercion and fear, and walk toward a model for living with children that centers community, addresses social justice issues, and believes in trusting and respecting children and ourselves.


I am Akilah, and children led me here. As soon as Kris and I complied with the idea of coercive education, our daughters began to say and show that they were learners, not classroom fixtures. A couple years shy of a decade later, and the four of us are now fully living as unschoolers wanting to play active roles in the larger movement for more respect and trust-based relationships between adults and young people.

I produce this podcast to share the ways Self-Directed Education supports decolonizing, deschooling, and getting free. Among the primary ways I do this work is by sharing the voices and narratives of unschooling and deschooling happening among Black folks and Brown folks all over the world. I also help to organize self-directed work, research, communities, and efforts as a founding Board Member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education.

The podcast is why I joined Patreon to ask for monthly pledges of small amounts to help me sustain this community-building project. I suggest starting at $25.

OUR TEAM OF LIGHTCASTERS:
  • Juan P. Perez (Supadope Audio Editor)
  • Fatima Mookadam (Co-producer, Make-sure-shit-gets-doner)
  • Romain Sinclair (Publishing Manager)
  • Valerie Sinclair (Creative Content Manager / Writer)

And remember, if you choose to support me here, you set a monthly maximum (so that you never go over your budget) and that amount will show up as a recurring pledge amount from you to me.

If it's easier, you can also make a one-time donation at https://www.paypal.me/radicalselfie/

Interested in sponsoring an episode, or advertising with me? Email us at [email protected]

--  About The Podcast  --


Fare of the Free Child podcast focuses on Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC) families who practice unschooling and other forms of self-directed, decolonized living and learning. Each weekly episode examines a particular way that we’ve accepted coercive, emotionally and physically damaging habits as a normal part of adult-child relationships. With a focus on deschooling one’s self, decolonizing education, and exploring radical self-expression, these conversations both challenge and inform us to push past coercion and fear, and walk toward a model for living with children that centers community, addresses social justice issues, and believes in trusting and respecting children and ourselves.

Patrisse Cullors describes the Black Lives Matter network infrastructure as "adaptive and decentralized with a set of guiding principles." That’s what I hope to create for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color who want to take their children out from under the rubble of traditional public school and into spaces where thy can learn, grow, and be safe together.


FOR SELF-DIRECTED FAMILIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Since I started sharing my experiences as an unschooling parent, online and on radio, and then eventually on TV on The Steve Harvey Show, I’ve gotten dozens of emails from frustrated mothers who know that school isn’t working for their child, and that it isn’t their child that needs to be fixed, it’s school.



More specifically, it’s how our children are being forced to memorize information, be victimized by a system that routinely over-police and unfairly punishes black children, as well as omit aspects of world history that show black people’s contributions to the world’s progress.

And when you know those things, and you see your child losing their interest in learning, it can be scary—we can feel stuck. So on Fare of the Free Child, I’ll talk about ways to make self-directed education more accessible for black and brown people.

With your support as a patron, I will help solve the problems of knowledge, training, and accessibility of self-directed learning resources and communities for people of color. Thanks.


THEN LISTEN TO THE 'LOVE & UNSCHOOLING' EPISODE


http://www.akilahsrichards.com/kris/

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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 104 exclusive posts
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Audio releases
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Links
40
Writings
28
Videos

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