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Fare of the Free Child

Fare of the Free Child podcast focuses on Black people, Indigenouse 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, this podcast both challenges and informs 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. #BIPOCinSDE #raisingfreepeople

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Ep. 6: New to Unschooling

Monique Allison is a life coach and single parent. Her son, Pharaoh is a fun-loving, dancing machine and bona fide foodie navigating life while managing sickle cell and a few other chronic illnesses. Monique and Pharaoh have recently embraced school-free living and are both still exploring what life will look like without a focus on school. Monique is excited about this liberated form of living, and Pharaoh has been calling for this shift for a long time. With a focus on learning more about each other and their individual interests, this duo is committed to designing lives that include joy, fun, natural education, and plenty of time to understand and embrace lifelong learning.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


7 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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Ep. 74: What Does Raising Free People Mean?

Basically, when we say we’re raising free people, we’ve decided that respect and love, not fear and control, will be how we raise and regard the youngest members of our homes and our society. Calling it “raising free people work, or rfp work” is our way of acknowledging that this IS work, and that there ARE tools and people and books and events and public groups and private groups to support this type of conscious parenting, respectful parenting, liberation-mindedness that is inclusive of the ones who tend to bear the weight of our unhealed wounds, our not-yet-adults. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


13 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Ep 125: 4 Conditions in Support of Raising Free People

What can a home environment look like when the adults practice raising free people? This is the question of longtime member of the FOFC community, Chemay Morales-James. She founded the organization My Reflection Matters, a movement to provide personal and educational resources for young Black and Brown people to think critically about themselves and feel empowered to combat racial injustices wherever they are. She asked Akilah to speak to the home environmental conditions that are likely to nurture and support the development of free people, so Akilah does just that, talking about healthy ways to set boundaries, hold accountability, and otherwise practice emotional security and maturity. #BIPOCinSDE Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


20 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 40: Woke AF Parenting 101

Yolonda Jones: creative spirit. writer. professional photog.professional natural hair stylist. professional singer. professional black girl as Dr. Yaba Blay would say. Yolonda’s crown rises high like her ambitions and her intentions. She and her partner, her husband, Will, are raising 4 free people, two daughters and twin sons, while simultaneously raising themselves as creatives, as business owners, as people with flaws and fire.    Yolonda and Will have a blog called The Real Life Joneses where they risk expression about life in and beyond the brokenness. They talk about PTSD, depression, liberatory approaches to education and living with children, infidelity, creative brilliance, all of it.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


6 Jun 2017

Rank #4

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EP. 120: Alternatives to Toxic Whiteness

I got an email in response to episode 115 (On White Privilege and Pleasure) that left me disappointed and upset about another experience with white fragility targeted at this podcast. Rather than stewing and ranting with my family (best believe we did it already), I’m using the email I got from a concerned white person about episode 115 as a teachable moment. It’s my first time having Kris, Marley, and Sage here on FOFC, and I believe this is the perfect topic to hear everyone’s opinion on. By using his emails as an avatar for white fragility and the sugar-coated racism so often felt in even the most “progressive” of SDE spaces, we’ll examine this kind of mentality, its in-depth issues, and how to do better. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


24 May 2019

Rank #5

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EP 152: Decolonizing Your Mind & Spirit

Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza is a Xicana intuitive, energy worker, healer, and coach. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a Reiki Master. She comes from a long line of healers from both her maternal and paternal lineages. Dr. Rosales Meza’s mission is to facilitate mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for Black, Indigenous, women of color from an ancestral and decolonial perspective. She does this work through using her training in psychology, her ancestral wisdom and medicine, and her psychic, empath, and intuitive abilities. Through her work, she guides women of color to break the cycle of the colonial trauma that is holding them back, that is keeping them stuck, and that is harming them in ways they don’t even know. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


31 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Ep. 64: Deschooling Through Detoxing

New Jersey-based entrepreneur, Kim Hester and her husband Jamal, decided that Self-Directed Education is the best way for them to give their daughter, SaHura, a shot at confident autonomy. They're new to unschooling, but not to deschooling, because they've been helping their community deschool their relationships with food and their bodies. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


7 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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Ep. 65: Deschooling Through Black Minimalism

Yolanda V. Acree is the founder of Black Minimalists and believer in Black liberation. She is part of a growing group of People of Color who choose to live simply, and to own their freedom by breaking out of standard, oppressive ideas and lifestyles. Yolanda is a digital nomad currently living in Mexico, and growing her tribe of liberation-minded people. The Black minimalism movement welcomes all People of Color living out their freedom through location independence, frugal or debt-free focused living, and other unconventional, freedom-centered practices.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


14 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Ep. 48: Transitioning to Unschooling

This is about the work of fitting in versus figuring out. Atlanta-based flight attendant, wife, and mother of three—Katrina Morrison—discusses the choice of following a path you already envisioned and a process/relationship you’ve already invested in, versus starting anew. She tells us about her family structure and why the shift from charter school to unschooling felt like a major challenge.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


2 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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Ep. 135: 3 Barriers to Raising Free People

This week, we’re talking about the things that get in the way of our raising free people practice. There are many, but today, I’m highlighting three primary ones, poor baggage handling, systemic racism, and partner problem. I’m explaining each of these as I understand them, and I’m encouraging you to comment on this show notes page, or on social media using the #raisingfreepeople tag to talk about how you navigate, intercept, or completely shed the effects of any of these three effective barriers. Whether you’re homeschooling, unschooling, or simply shifting your relationship to one that embodies more conscious parenting and living, let’s work through these together!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


6 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Ep. 68: The Social Impact of Self-Directed Education

Trudi Lebron is the first to tell you she's an excellent student. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. and that level of commitment didn't start in adulthood. In fact it started in her humble beginnings as a high-school dropout who had two sons by the time she was 17.Trudi felt that the world had given up on her, but she was sure that her sons deserved a mother who was happy and fulfilled, and she set out to be just that. Today she is a Connecticut-based business coach, social impact entrepreneur, and mother of three boys. She and her fiancé recently decided that Kennedy, their 9-year-old, no longer had to endure schooling. As a recent unschooler, Kennedy was asked how it felt to be out of school. He said it felt like "being free." Listen as Trudi talks about how community and courage helped her get free, and how she uses social impact leadership work to help others get free, too. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


7 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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Ep 140: Self-Care Ain’t Just About Stillness

Medley This week, let’s touch on the other side of self-care. Mostly, we tend to think about self-care as practices that help us to slow down, do less, be still. That is part of it, but there’s another side to it. Self-care is also about our daily life design, which includes our productivity work, our active times, the moments when we’re not slowing down, we’re building. We can and should learn how to take care of ourselves when we’re not on vacation, because otherwise the shit ain’t sustainable. Today I’m joined by the voices of some people in my circles who integrate self-care into their work. Come listen and then think about some ways you can move toward a more integrative approach to caring for yourself. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


12 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 50: Standing In Our Self-Directed Truths

Unschooling is really not about education. It’s about what Rastafarians like to call a LIVITY—a conscious way of approaching your day, your choices, your body, your relationships, your life—and of course, your approach to learning can’t NOT be affected by that. This conversation with edupreneur, Scott Speed, is gonna dive into the inner workings of starting a school, but we’re also gonna talk about shedding old skin, facing new truths, or realizing old truths that were just covered up in schoolishness, and walking that liberation walk even when the people around you ain’t feelin’ it.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

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4 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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Ep. 102: Raising Free People, Raising Aware People

"We need to have a conversation about developing a set of tools and a solidarity around raising free people who are also aware people. This is vital especially since we’re not using tools of oppression in attempts force our children into an awareness of our deeply unjust society. We need to normalize the conversation and safe space-making in takes to explore this, and this is one effort in that direction. We’re not raising children in a bubble, so the conversation and tools are an inevitably necessary part of the journey to raising free and aware people.  Raising free aware people is how we work toward dismantling oppressive systems – systems that they will inevitably face and be oppressed by, or systems they will face and benefit from while oppressing others.  It’s a cycle that we need to break, and it will not happen if we are not deliberate and clear about our intentions. Raising free, aware people isn’t a mere conversation topic, it is a responsibility we have in endeavoring to help transform our world."  - Zakiyya Ismail, growingminds.co.zaSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


23 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 101: Togethering the Othered

Is mindful parenting sustainable? Can Caribbean people, for example, with all our deep familiarity in the art of loving yet intimidation-based parenting, actually learn how to consistently be in respect-based, partnership-centered relationships with our children? Can our children call us on our b.s. and still feel not only safe, but heard and respected for expressing their truths? Hell yes, and in this episode, we’re talking candidly about the beauty and the mess of how that goes down. We’re starting Season 4 with the perfect blend of discussions around personal and communal soulwork. We’re talking about the togethering of ourselves in terms of emotional stability and clarity inside the work of Raising Free People, and we’re talking about community gatherings in support of this work. Akilah talks with Maleka Diggs of Eclectic Learning Network about some of the stickier parts of conscious parenting, what she does to manage those moments, and what she plans on doing throughout the year to support her city and her fellow unschooling-minded parents as we deschool from broken ideas about parenting, education, and power. Maleka will be one of three featured panelists at this year’s Liberation and Education Summit in Clarkston, Georgia on February 2. If you can attend, you should. If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation in support of equitable Self-Directed Education spaces in metro Atlanta.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


17 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Ep. 7: Unschooling Adults | Movement and Moxie

On episode 7 of Fare of the Free Child, I break bread with Curron Gajadhar- an artist and movement trainer who was based in Atlanta, but now goes wherever his process takes him. We address the fear of what might happen if we don’t control children through religion and rules and physical consequence. And we discuss the fare we pay, both as children and adults, when we use fear instead of self-discovery as our compass.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

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14 Sep 2016

Rank #16

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Ep 144: Liberation in Latinx Parenting

Learn how two women use brain science, a love for culture, and a recognition of parenting as social justice work to connect and uplift their communities in their commitment to nonviolent parenting and thriving-centered self-care.“Latinx Parenting is a bilingual organization rooted in social justice and children’s rights, the ongoing practice of nonviolence towards ourselves and others, self-reflection and connection, and community wellness for every generation. We offer family education and support that is culturally responsive to and for the Latinx community and its allies, trauma-informed, and centered on strengths and advocacy. We are here to serve you, your children, their children, your parents, and the ripple of our ancestral mark on this earth.” - latinxparenting.org ​Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


6 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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How to Focus on Learning (An Introductory Dialogue)

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 validated and purposeful. In How to Focus on Learning (also called HFL the Webinar) you’ll learn 10 key terms that will put on you on path for discovery and deschooling around how to support a self-directed learner. We'll start with defining and giving examples of Self-Directed Education, and then branch out into the ten terms that will bring context, discussion, and smarter questions about transitioning from coercive education to liberated learning. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


9 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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Ep. 33: Motherhood and Mental Shifts

Atlanta and DC-based travel industry professional and Self-Directed Education loving Mama, Kenya Scott joins us once again. Her son has been benefiting from SDE as a learner over at Heartwood ALC, and in this episode, we chop it up about socio-economic misconceptions, respectability politics, some pretty important shifts in perspective, and so much more. It’s always a pleasure to vibe with Kenya; you’re gonna enjoy this episode. We also mentioned a few other episodes: Kid Cultivators’ co-founder, Leslie Bray; Heartwood ALC co-founder, Anthony Galloway, Jr; Dida Academy co-founder, Danielle A. Levine; Kenya’s first time on the podcast. #POCinSDESupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


19 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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Ep. 13: Why Liberated Parenting is Vital

I'm sitting with a dope sister named Tracy this week. She is a nurturer and an outspoken advocate of liberation and love for people of the African diaspora. Listen as she and I discuss mothering black people in a time when the available educational system targets, oppresses, and harms Black children disproportionately. We also talk about being stuck in a "plantation" mindset, and why alternative education options like unschooling and homeschooling are vital for Black and Brown folks to understand, and in many cases, embrace. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)


17 Oct 2016

Rank #20