21 episodes

In this podcast you will hear from real life unschoolers on a range of topics on self directed learning and living without school. This is no “how -to” with experts but rather some of the nuanced and intersectional experiences in the unschooling community.

The Unschool File‪s‬ Meghan

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

In this podcast you will hear from real life unschoolers on a range of topics on self directed learning and living without school. This is no “how -to” with experts but rather some of the nuanced and intersectional experiences in the unschooling community.

    1.20 where do we go from here?

    1.20 where do we go from here?

    episode 20 is a mini-sode! a quick check in, as we all plan and plot the year ahead
    lots of folks are joining the ranks of life without school and that leaves us with much to discuss.

    •who does that leave behind?
    •what is our responsibility to the collective, and our smaller communities?
    •how will we integrate what we’ve been learning in this heavy season with our lives going forward?
    •are there practices or beliefs in your life that are directly contradicting the progress we need to move forward?

    the virtual round table i’m assembling will be discussing this and much more nuance around where we go from here.
    staytuned and thanks for listening to TWENTY WHOLE EPISODES 🙏🏽

    • 7 min
    1.19 child rights with lucy aitkenread

    1.19 child rights with lucy aitkenread

    in this episode, meghan is speaking with unschooling parent, lucy aitkenread of @lulasticblog ; a british mama living life without school in new zealand with her partner and two children. she’s a community organizer, child rights advocate, a writer, a speaker and vlogger who’s very life is a form of activism. this discussion is all about autonomy, consent and the rights of children✊🏽please have a listen and give the podcast a rating a review wherever you tune in 🙏🏽

    Lucy’s Instagram
    @lulasticblog

    Life Without School YouTube
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCXAEbRYTZD83NTnEl-2YjTA

    Lucy’s Blog
    https://lulastic.co.uk/about-2/

    https://penniebrownlee.weebly.com

    https://parentingforsocialchange.com

    • 49 min
    1.18 living academia with bridgett

    1.18 living academia with bridgett

    in this episode meghan speaks with homeschooling mama of 4, Bridgett on raising young people abroad with her partner in an eclectic way. books, gardening, fermenting...books, baking, hiking, food adventures...books, music, anime and so many trains. did we mention books?
    you’ll hear about her lifestyle of learning, Black children in nature and unpack some language within the homeschooling communities around the topic, their joy and unapologetic way or existing and all things traveling and Japanese. you can find her over at @she_wonders_ on Instagram

    • 1 hr 9 min
    1.17 in the margins with alicia lucas

    1.17 in the margins with alicia lucas

    in this episode, meghan speaks with alicia lucas of @brick_city_homeschool, mother of 5 free humans -on Black, queer unschooling, her deeply personal story of her children finding autonomy (some as young as 2) with the support of language, normalization and representation. We also discuss the ways she finds safety in community while living life on the margins and her pursuit of liberation.
    she explains how difficult it is to be aware of the lack of safety for Black children (especially LGBTQ) in public spaces while also pushing back on conformity and steadfast in her mission to live fully no matter what.

    FOTFC Teen Unschooling and Online Community
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntW0M54PW6M

    Unconventionally Brown
    https://unconventionallybrown.com

    Frame of Reference podcast
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/frame-of-reference/id1457594799

    Patrion Brick City Homeschool
    https://www.patreon.com/Brick_City_Homeschool

    Antiracism Resource List
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w9LaeZMD_t2IML6k2aJG7XXdny-0Z_fTukezLwblcR0/mobilebasic

    • 1 hr 4 min
    1.16 black lives matter

    1.16 black lives matter

    Follow and Listen
    @theconciouskid
    @fareofthefreechild
    @latinxparenting
    @laylafsaad
    @rachelcargle
    @theunapologeticallybrownseries donate : https://www.papermag.com/where-to-donate-protests-minneapolis-2646128317.html
    https://undoingwhitesupremacy.org
    https://www.blackvisionsmn.org

    bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

    https://time.com/5362786/talking-racism-with-white-kids-not-enough/

    https://medium.com/@sheathescholar/our-trauma-shall-be-viral-no-more-b46ae94bc208.

    https://docs.google.com/document/u/2/d/1a36vDwHEWr9qYnEUAVvbz6gAAl7UoI_MxLiDnPYOKpo/mobilebasic

    • 4 min
    1.15 decolonized unschooling with noah romero

    1.15 decolonized unschooling with noah romero

    in this episode, meghan is speaking with fellow unschooling parent and Phd candidate Noah Romero, on how we can begin intentionally decolonize our thinking, and practices and center the stories and experiences of indigenous people and people of color for a more just and equitable society.
    Much love to everyone here, and wanting to do better. I see you, and I’m glad you’re here!

    RESOURCES:
    Noahromero.org noah.romero@gmail.com
    Article on Critical Unschooling
    https://jual.nipissingu.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/06/v12233.pdf

    Convention on the Rights of the Child-
    https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-11&chapter=4&lang=en

    Sex Ed law-
    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/23/545289168/abstinence-education-is-ineffective-and-unethical-report-argues

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27098762/ https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(17)30260-4/fulltext

    Brian Ray article compilation of homeschooling facts and statistics derived from empirical research-
    https://www.nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling/

    PODCAST on Self Directed learning for a socially just world - https://www.raisingfreepeople.com/164/

    Yes Magazine, decolonizing issue - https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/decolonize/

    A MUST READ for all parents-
    https://www.latinxparenting.org/post/parenting-world-so-white

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Stinky dragon ,

The Unschool Files delivers

I'm so glad to have found this podcast. Meghan offers a compelling entry point into the practice of unschooling. From the first episode she describes foundational concepts in a compassionate and relatable way.
A great listen for new and seasoned unschoolers.

HopiedaBear ,

Resonating

ohhhh all the things you are saying are being echoed here. I don't define our schooling journey as unschool but we are all homeschoolers so we are in the same proverbial boat together. I think its good to remind ourselves we are TOGETHER no matter where we are on that schooling journey! I love hearing the thoughts and refections that you've poured into this podcast. All i can say is GIVE ME MORE!

Hfdtyjb88 ,

Excited

Super excited to hear more. Love being able to learn and relate and share stories.

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