Fare Of The Free Child



Fare of the Free Child is a weekly podcast-turned-community centering People of Color in liberation-centered living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah and special guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free Black and Brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them. Connect on Twitter and Instagram using our hashtags: #BIPOCinSDE #raisingfreepeople


  • Ep. 13: Why Liberated Parenting is Vital

    17/10/2016 Duración: 01h01s

    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)

  • Ep. 12: How He's Using His Gifts

    11/10/2016 Duración: 42min

    Anthony Galloway wasn’t willing to be another cog in the system. He’s a smart, twenty-something year old African-American man who chose to go into the field of education. He came up through the system, and learned how to excel in it. He also knew that he wanted to be part of the change in public education that allowed children of color access to the same resources and opportunities as children in white schools or private ones. Anthony co-founded an Agile Learning Center, now facilitated by both him and long-time educator, Julia Cordero. I think you’re gonna find this discussion interesting because Anthony’s an educator who saw the school system for what it was and is, and started his own school to create something better. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

  • Ep. 11: Autism, Asperger's & Active Joy

    06/10/2016 Duración: 35min

    Darcel White of themahagonyway.com joins us on this episode. She writes about her motherhood journey, and their unschooling lifestyle, including insights on Autism, Asthma, Food Allergies, and her knitting projects. We distill some concrete life lessons that Darcel is learning from raising children, one with autism and some other complications, one who recently decided to attend public school, another two who attend a homeschooling co-op. Multiple schedules, multiple learning challenges, multiple reasons to either parent from fear, or to do the harder work.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

  • Ep. 10: Cultural Storytelller Learning

    29/09/2016 Duración: 59min

    Kali Ferguson is a storyteller, culture keeper, and movement-inspired educator based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She believes in movement and storytelling and tools for decolonizing learning and creating space for personalized understanding. Through her in-person and upcoming web-based work, Kali taps into dance and storytelling as a means of self and cultural inquiry as well as a catalyst for social change.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

  • Ep. 9: BONUS: Unschooling Away the Plantation

    22/09/2016 Duración: 10min

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  • Ep. 8: Unschooling & Entrepreneurship

    21/09/2016 Duración: 51min

    On this episode, business-owner and 16-year unschooling mama, Itiel Mcvay, shares her many insights. Our conversation is really about the clear parallel between how learning happens for entrepreneurs and for children. We also talk about the dangers of traditional schooling and learning how to listen and watch while our children show us exactly who they are and what they need.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

  • Ep. 7: Unschooling Adults | Movement and Moxie

    14/09/2016 Duración: 01h09min

    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)

  • Ep. 6: New to Unschooling

    07/09/2016 Duración: 38min

    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)

  • Ep. 5: Self-Directed Learning Communities

    31/08/2016 Duración: 45min

    Marketing specialist and Outdoor Afro leader, Yanira Castro, talks with Akilah about the benefits of a solid marriage, the importance of cultural appreciation as a LatinX mother, a career she loves, and being part of a self-directed learning community through the Agile Learning Center in her Charlotte, North Carolina community.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

  • Ep. 4: Black Queer Mothering

    23/08/2016 Duración: 48min

    Trelani Michelle is a writer, wife, and mama of two. Her son, CJ, is 10, and her daughter, Kobe, is 6. She is a versed writer who has shed light and offered refreshing perspectives on everything from juvenile detention system to cursing when communicating with God. I’m also sharing space with Trelani Michelle this episode because Trelani is part of a group that is definitely underrepresented in parenting circles and discussions about how we choose to parent — that group is black queer mothers, so we’ll explore what that means specifically for Trelani, as a queer black woman married to a straight black man. Listen and enjoy as Trelani and I get all up in our feelings about motherhood, relationships, education, and radical self-expression.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

  • Ep. 3: The LIFE School - Atlanta

    11/08/2016 Duración: 40min

    "Our school is really to empower students to have more ownership over their education. High school is usually this mad dash of checking off boxes to create a great portfolio. Because of that they lack of sense of who they are and how they can add value to the world.  To identify needs in the community, and know how to problem-solve, to organize, and to bring about sustainable change inside their communities." Mikala Streeter, MIT and Stanford graduate who founded The LIFE School in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/akilah)

  • Ep. 2: South Africa & India Reimagined

    02/08/2016 Duración: 39min

    "That shift from beloved, all-black schools to white schools where black students were always seen as interlopers, as not really belonging, taught me the difference between education as the practice of freedom and education that merely strives to reinforce domination." -bell hooks   In this episode, we’re breaking the stereotype that unschooling is a white, male, middle-class thing. I’m so excited to share a peek into Zakiyya Ismail’s life and work. She is a longtime self-directed education advocate and mother of two young adults and a 9-year old, all of whom are life-long unschoolers. Zakiyya and her husband wanted their children to have the space to define themselves outside of predominant ideologies, and they saw that school was not where that would happen.    “Why should we restrict ourselves to our geographic location, when we can find people we can connect with anywhere in the world?” -Zakiyya Ismael, The Learning Reimagined Conference, South AfricaSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/a

  • Ep. 1: Unschooling Explained

    28/07/2016 Duración: 41min

    As unschoolers, we don’t see school as the primary place to learn and everywhere else as places to take breaks from learning. We don’t suffer from summer learning loss and those types of ideas.   Unschoolers use all resources available to explore and build upon anything of interest to them, so plenty of my time and my husband Kris’s time, is spend observing what our girls are really into, and helping them find resources to go deeper into whatever their interests are.     Unschooling is about relevant, highly-customized learning experiences that become a normal part of living. So much like we adults when we start a new project or even at our jobs, have to be resourceful and we have to understand what specific things each project will need and how we in particular will need to approach it to maximize the chances of getting the outcome we want, unschoolers take the same approach.   Something feels relevant in their life, whether for personal reasons or to make money, or to be part of something, and they

  • Ep. 0: Welcome and Why This Show

    10/07/2016 Duración: 11min

    This fall, I’m launching a podcast for Black and Brown parents who practice alternative parenting options to the traditional education model that is school. Options like unschooling, worldschooling, roadschooling, slowschooling, eclectic homeschooling, and the myriad other ways that we and our children embrace curiosity-driven, lifelong learning.   The podcast is called Fare of the Free Child, and its purpose is to help me amplify the underrepresented voices and unique concerns of people of color looking for real viable options to the oppressive systems that our children are expected to live and learn within.   I want to use this space to create community for adults engaged in unconventional black and brown parenting and caregiving to be heard, and to find and support each other.  And since I’m an unschooling, location independent, non-christian, Caribbean, intersectional feminist, mermaid identifying, radical self-expression practicing, blackity-black woman and mother, raising two superdope black girls wit

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