For the Love of Learning Episode 29
Alternative Media in High School – Free Student Press
Monday August 17, 2015 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday August 18, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST
In tonight’s episode we explore Alternative Media in Highschool and have a conversation with one of the founders of a program called Free Student Press.
Recently I came aware of this project through an article authored by Alex Walker, called Bringing Unschooling to School. You can find the article published here on CCN , on the web site AlternativestoSchool.com and on one of our former guest, Dr. Peter Gray‘s blog on the the Psychology Today web site. Alex writes:
“A big part of the society I’d like to leave behind is its school system. I want to keep my son out of the depressing feedback loop of the 19th century factory-style education system that 1990 New York City Teacher of the Year and unschooling advocate John Taylor Gatto aptly called “instruments of the scientific management of a mass population”.
As Alex formulates her argument and justifications to keep her son out of the school system. Soon, her tone softens as she shifts her focus to include choices that focus on empowerment and the freedom of expression for students to pursue their own curiosities and creative impulses. Even from within a school system she vows to keep her son out of.
Free Student Press is one of those programs.
Free Student Press teaches public high school students their little-known press rights to distribute uncensored, independently produced publications at their schools. Free Student Press believes these publications can serve as empowering spaces for public dialogue and learner-directed education, and that through producing these publications and defending them against censorship, students can gain the critical thinking, communication, and grassroots organizing skills to transform students’ own lives and our world for the better.
Free Student Press is based on the same foundations that most unschoolers adapt as an integral part of their learning experience. In essence, Free Student Press takes unschooling into the school itself.
Bios of Tonight’s Guests:
Damon Krane is an Atlanta, Georgia-based journalist, community organizer and critic of conventional schooling whose interest in all three areas first coalesced when he founded an underground, democratically managed, public access student magazine at his public high school in the late 90s. A few years later, he co-founded Free Student Press to teach public high school students what their schools don’t want them to know about their First Amendment press rights, and to support students in the struggle to make their voices heard.
Alex Walker is a stay-at-home mother to a three-year-old son living in Littleton, Colorado. Formerly a figurative artist and portrait painter, Alex is fascinated by sustainable architecture, alternatives to schooling, gardening, and homesteading. She is following her intention of learning more about human rights and progressive values and movements, as well as becoming a practitioner of ecological living.
As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.
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