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Off-Trail Learning

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Interviews with innovative educators, self-directed young people, and others who think differently about learning, teaching, and schooling. Hosted by Blake Boles (, author of "Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?" and founder of Unschool Adventures.


Alexander Khost on Education as a Political Act

What does it mean to educate in freedom? What are the different flavors of “freedom” that appear in the self-directed education world? In this live interview (recorded in January 2020) I speak with Alexander Khost, Editor-in-Chief of Tipping Points, the online magazine of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education, and a facilitator at Brooklyn Apple Academy. We discuss a controversial pair of articles he published in late 2019, addressing the topics of fear- versus trust-based education, the messy overlap between educational beliefs and political beliefs, and how this all plays out in the world of Sudbury schools, Agile Learning Centers, Liberated Learners centers, progressive schools, and unschooling.

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