SFP 22: Liberation with Akilah Richards


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This is episode 22 and today I’m here with Akilah Richards talking about liberation.

Akilah is an unschooling podcaster, consultant, and founding board member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her work explores privilege and power in our relationships with children, and centers the voices of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) raising free people at raisingfreepeople.com.

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History: We share some historical context around how the compulsory school system was created in no small part as a tool of oppression.

Oppression: We talk about how mainstream schools are oppressing people today.

Deschooling: Then we really get excited moving into how we can get out from under these paradigms during our deschooling process.

Access: We speak to the subtext of homeschooling being a privilege and tackle how we can push through barriers, both philosophical and practical, to break free.

Unschooling: We move into the solution and share what it can look like to live and learn with your children as free people.

Parenting: We go over how we can move toward liberation in our parenting – in our relationships with our children.


We tackle this question from Janne: “How, as a white family, can we support and ally the liberation of unschooling families of color, especially from afar, as I live rurally in a town without many POC?”

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The Underground History of American Education

4 Ways White People Can Support Black People in the Unschooling World Without Being Intrusive

Fare of the Free Child Podcast: A podcast centering the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color immersed in or exploring unschooling and other forms of raising free people work.

Parenting Patois: a webinar for us to be begin unpacking and re-routing privilege and power in our relationships with our children.

How to Focus on Learning Webinar: Learn 10 key terms for supporting a self-directed learner.

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