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Raising Free People

By: Akilah S. Richards,Bayo Akomolafe PhD - foreword
Narrated by: Akilah S. Richards
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Summary

No one is immune to the byproducts of compulsory schooling and standardized testing. And while reform may be a worthy cause for some, it is not enough for countless others still trying to navigate the tyranny of what schooling has always been. Raising Free People argues that we need to build and work within systems designed for any human to learn, grow, socialize, and thrive, regardless of age, ability, background, or access to money.

Raising Free People explores examples of the transition from school or homeschooling to unschooling, how single parents and people facing financial challenges unschool successfully, and ways unschooling allows us to address generational trauma and unlearn the habits we mindlessly pass on to children.

In these detailed and unabashed stories and insights, Richards examines the ways that her relationships to blackness, decolonization, and healing work all combine to form relationships and enable community-healing strategies rooted in an unschooling practice. This is how millions of families center human connection, practice clear, and honest communication, and raise children who do not grow up to feel that they narrowly survived their childhoods.

©2020 Akilah S. Richards (P)2021 Tantor

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Amazing!

This gave me everything I ever needed! From the words to the reading, Akilah did the damn thing!!!!

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Food for the soul

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A wonderful listen

A beautifully honest and vocal book, filled with real life talk from Akilah .

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  • Don Orkoskey
  • 09-09-22

if you want to create a better world read this!!!

Incredible book, so many great and challenging ideas. Read this book and begin to liberate yourself and your children. Free everyone from the systemic oppression that we are taught to endure and pass on through our current system.

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  • Christina D.
  • 16-07-22

New to unschooling, changed my life’s direction and path

I have been working in youth development and work based learning program models for public organizations for the entirety of my professional career. What I didn’t know is that there is a container outside of these systems for this very important work, “unschooling” and “deschooling.” Not only did this book walk me, the reader, through the unschooling journey of Akilah, her husband and two daughters but I was also armed with an understanding of how to begin this journey with my children as a starting point and carry this into my community. I will be recommending this book to anyone who I think is ready to hear Akilah’s radical and timely message.

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  • Christie Mathison
  • 12-06-22

Paradigm shift !! Wow

This is an amazing book that I will listen to over and over! I think it is absolutely important for anyone raising a tiny human regardless of the relationship or the age. I love love love that it’s in the authors voice and there are so many moments of shared parenting experiences and thoughts which give a much needed laughter and connection .

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  • marissa
  • 01-04-22

A must read!

This was beautifully written and narrated. My revelation didn’t happen until after I had children and put them through the system; Akilah’s journey resonates. I find it valuable to understand from marginalized and BIPOC perspective and reality. A few chapters in I had to pause and process for a while because it just hit deep. Thank you for this

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  • Kayla Mitchell
  • 23-02-22

I will recommend this book forever

This is the first parenting book I have felt a true and honest connection to as a black woman parenting black children. She gets it, she is frank and honest and does a wonderful job of explaining and drawing parallels to increase understanding.

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  • beth
  • 16-02-22

The future of youth empowerment is healing

we must do this work, as humans who have been parented and taught through coercion and shame, we must unlearn, deschool and then reclaim the nature of learning in relationships. this is a wonderful guide.