Category: Articles

May 01
Punishment, by Sean Bellamy

”When people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward,…

Apr 09
The Side Effects of School: A Crisis in Mental Health Can’t Be Solved Through Therapy, by Dr Naomi Fisher

We’re facing a crisis in young people’s mental health.  Every day I get emails…

Mar 09
Rebooting Public Education, by Richard Fransham

Introduction This essay is for people who steadfastly believe that healthy democracies…

Feb 17
A New Educational Paradigm for the 21st century, by Dr Ian Cunningham

Just a week before writing this piece, the CEO of a major company and I were…

Jan 22
Rewilding and Deschooling: a dialogue between Max Hope and Sophie Christophy

Authors: Max Hope & Sophie Christophy Max Hope, Director of Rewilding…

Jan 01
Play, by Sean Bellamy

The desire to play is fundamental to the human condition and is impossible…

Dec 08
Educational Rights (for Dummies!), by Katy Zago

How can we recover respect for human rights in education? There’s a reason for the…

Nov 26
Let’s Journey the Wilderness Together, by Dr Jo Sweetland

Watching our oldest child’s interest in learning slowly disappear and their curiosity…

Nov 06
Response to UNESCO’s ‘Education in a Post-Covid World’ Report

In UNESCO’s Progress Update on the Futures of Education, published in…

Nov 02
Why I Started a Small School, by Rosalyn Spencer

Dan’s personality had begun to change after he’d started school. He had often been…

Oct 13
Learning: Lost and Found, by Patrick Farenga

Learning that’s lost in school can be found in many ways, if it needs to be found at…

Oct 02
Becoming a Learner, by Sean Bellamy

When I first went up to Cambridge University, I didn’t find Europe’s…

Sep 24
Rethinking Education: Launch of Podcast Season 2, by James Mannion

[A link to the audio version of this article is found at the end.] If you follow the…

Sep 18
Learning Through the Lens of Nature and Natural History is Child’s Play, by Lisa Carne

Lisa Carne shares with us a flavour of her book, Natural Curiosity, which is a warm…

Jul 03
Diverse Educators Call to Action

Context: Since July 2020, Diverse Educators have held a quarterly Diversity Roundtable…

Jun 21
Books about Self-Directed Learning and Democratic Education are like London Buses, by Derry Hannam

…None appear for ages, then they all come at once! Does this mean that we are…

Jun 10
Collaborative Decision-Making: the beating heart of classroom learning, by Dr Geraldine Rowe

This article describes my doctoral research into shared decision-making in the…

May 20
A Call For Youth Liberation, by Alexander Khost

“Why are those teachers screaming at those kids?” my son James asked me, with a look…

Apr 28
Portsmouth Home Educators’ Legal Action is Important for All Families, by Randall Hardy

Following the establishment of a state-controlled education system in England and…

Apr 12
Not A Chance: How Self-Directed Children Find New Things to Learn, by Dr Naomi Fisher

When I start talking about self-directed education, one of the first questions which…