“There’s no wiki-how to this. There is no formula.” Maleka Diggs, Founder of Eclectic Learning Network and Co-Founder and Core Member of Philly Children’s Movement

Artwork by Dawn Jaiy
Photographed by ACS at the OKC Plaza Walls on October 23, 2020

“When we are in a space to face ourselves. Sometimes that work creates friction outside of yourself.” – Maleka Diggs

What does it mean to stay with yourself?

In this season finale episode we discuss deschooling, a few ways to navigate when triggers show up (Maleka’s focus falls on what we do with those triggers, and the why behind them), along with some of the common myths behind this type of work. We also talk about what Maleka is hearing from parents transitioning to home-based education, whether forced or not, and how this type of learning is nothing new.

This episode’s guest Maleka Diggs is a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) centered, Unschooling/SDE (Self-Directed Education), Youth advocate, Racial Equity and Inclusion Trainer, Presenter, Workshop Development and Facilitator.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Eclectic Learning Network https://www.eclecticlearningnetwork.com

ELN’s Offerings:
Deschooling: Issa Thing Meetup
1:1 Chat Sessions
Racial Equity Training for Schools: Shifting Our Practice
Developing A Disruptor’s Ear Workbook
Supporting Parents Webinar Series
I.O.T.A. (It’s Okay To Ask) (hear by becoming an ELN Patron)

Philly Children’s Movement:
http://phillychildrensmarch.org

Support ELN’s work through Eclectic Learning Network’s Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/Eclecticlearningnetwork

@
eclecticlearningnetwork on Instagram.

Book quoted in Outro:
Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work by Akilah S. Richards (Order through www.PMPress.org)

Bonus links:
https://www.self-directed.org/tp/ours-first/ by Dr. Kelly Henderson
https://www.heartwoodalc.org/resources/
https://www.self-directed.org/tp (Online magazine with resources)
Fare of the Free Child Podcast: https://raisingfreepeople.com/podcast/
My Reflection Matters:
https://my-reflection-matters.mn.co (An online community: “Where parenting, education, & liberation intersect”)

A complete transcript can be found at: bit.ly/deschoolingtranscript

Recorded October 14, 2020 by Taylor Greenshields / Fundamental Sound Co.
Mixed by Fundamental Sound Co.
Co-produced by Amy Shrodes and Taylor Greenshields

Mural artist featured in this post:
@DawnJaiye on Twitter + Instagram
photographed by ACS 10/23/20 at the OKC Plaza Walls