Zakiyya Ismail, Akilah S. Richards and Kelly Limes Taylor are the initiators of this TRUE Network. TRUE provides a space for unschoolers/parallel education folks whose practice is oriented towards radical social change to gather and build community.
The underlying philosophy for this space and gathering, first penned by coordinator Zakiyya Ismail, contains four parts:
Every time we talk about human rights, children are included. Every time we talk about systems of oppression, we’re including the systemic oppression of young people in the way adults and adult controlled institutions oppress young people and deny them basic rights.
Any practice of education that intersects with the broader society we live in, recognises that the various ways oppression is experienced by people are long-standing and vital parts of the human experience. We believe that ALL these educational practices and articulations are embedded in dismantling these systems of oppression.
There is an unfortunate bias in the understanding of the practice of unschooling communities towards a sterile, bourgeoisie unschooling that is in some cases silent and oblivious to the social injustices in the broader society that unschooling is practiced in and in other cases upholds these injustices. We challenge whether that is a true reflection of unschooling communities, and instead believe that radical social change and decolonisation-oriented unschoolers are significant. We think this movement of unschoolers towards radical social change is bigger than most of us realise.
We’d like to get together and share what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, the challenges we are facing and discover our points of solidarity and support.
As hosts, we are appreciating the deschooling work that comes with moving beyond the pressure of presenting a type of perfect thing “for” people, while at the same time believing in self-directedness and the power of emergent structure, and that we need to let things happen and trust that people will hold it as needed. To do this we are providing the infrastructure which looks like:
What are your questions and practices in unschooling towards radical social change? Do you want to share, connect around and build relationships around these questions and practices? TRUE mighty Networks is a space for you to do that. You can host sessions or join others, lurk, connect, share and ask questions. If you didn't get here via our OUTRO video, check it out here.