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Are you thinking about starting a new life in a new country but feeling unsure about where to begin?

Rohit has lived all over the world, and his advice to start from fresh in a new country is straightforward and very good:

"All you need is a place to sleep and a friend who can show you around and introduce you to new people.”

Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, forget the safety net - find a friend to help you, and start your new adventure. Safe travels!

Listen to the whole podcast interview with Rohit at https://TheConrad.Family/ podcast or search for our podcast ‘Self Directed’ on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or where you usually consume your podcasts :)

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Deinstitutionalizing our Minds: The Sacred Path of Deschooling

Have you ever felt like you're doing nothing, but deep down, you know that's exactly what you should be doing? Well, that's the beauty of the deschooling process, or as Lucy AitkenRead puts it, the "de-institutionalizing" of ourselves.

It's not easy to sit with the discomfort of feeling like you should be doing more, but that's exactly what this process is all about. It's about unpacking the institutionalization in our bodies and minds, questioning the "shoulds" that we've been taught all our lives, and discovering what truly matters to us.

Deschooling is not just about learning outside the traditional education system. It's about redefining what success means to us, letting go of the need for constant productivity, and recognizing that simply living our lives is enough. All you built on top is just a bonus.

So, if you're feeling lost or unsure about where you're headed, take a step back, sit with the discomfort, and start the sacred path of unschooling.

Listen to the whole podcast episode at https://theconrad.family/podcast or listen on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, or where you usually enjoy your podcasts :)

#Deschooling #Unschooling #Deinstitutionalizing #SelfDiscovery #QuestionTheShoulds
Are you tired of working yourself to death just to achieve society's definition of success? Do you long for a life that allows you to prioritize your family, passions, and well-being?

Shannon Hayes shared the following with us in episode 10 of our podcast Self Directed:

“When you go into farming or become an entrepreneur, you are told that the honorable way is one of hard work. And as I came into my own and was the one writing the checks, I realized that now the pressure on me was to work myself to death.

I didn't want to do that - but not only did I not want to do that, but first, I had to come to terms with and acknowledge that shame was tied to my unwillingness to work myself to death. I had to get over the shame.”

Instead of succumbing to “normal” and just working herself to death, Shannon chose to redefine what it means to be "rich." She wanted to devote her life to enjoying it and bringing the fullest expression of herself to make a better world. But this wasn't easy - she had to overcome the shame tied to her unwillingness to work herself to death and figure out how to make the economics work. How do you run a cafe that's only open one day a week? This is where her journey to redefine "rich" began.

Through her book, "Redefining Rich," Hayes shares her experiences and lessons learned in balancing work, family, and the pleasures of the good life.

#RedefineRich #WorkLifeBalance #PrioritizePassions #FamilyFirst #WellBeing #EntrepreneurLife #FarmingLife #OvercomeShame #SelfDirected #selfdirectedpodcast #GoodLife #BetterWorld #LessonsLearned #ShannonHayes #radicalhomemaker
Age segregations negative effect on children’s social development.

One of the most often asked questions to a homeschooler is, “But how will they learn social skills?”

But this is not a problem - quite the opposite. One of the major benefits of homeschooling your children is that they don’t grow up in an age-segregated world - they interact with people of all ages regularly. When they don’t need all those hours in school, they also have proper time to do their inner work.

We discussed this with Robyn Robertson in our podcast ‘Self Directed.’

Age segregation can have a negative effect on a teenager’s social development:

1. Stunted emotional intelligence: Adolescents need to interact with people of all ages to develop empathy, understanding, and emotional intelligence,
2. Lack of role models: Age segregation can also mean teenagers have limited access to role models outside their peer group. This can limit their exposure to people with different perspectives and experiences, making it harder for them to develop a sense of identity and purpose.
3. Limited learning opportunities: Segregating teenagers from other age groups can limit their learning opportunities. For example, they may miss out on the chance to learn from older people who have more life experience, or they may not be exposed to new and challenging ideas from interacting with people of different ages.
4. Social anxiety: Adolescents not exposed to a range of social situations may feel anxious or uncomfortable when in new or unfamiliar situations. This can lead to social anxiety and make it harder for them to make friends or engage in new activities.

Overall, age segregation can limit teenagers' social development in several ways.

It is important for adolescents to have access to a range of people and experiences to help them develop into well-rounded, socially skilled individuals.

We hope you enjoyed this clip from our podcast. If you want to listen to the whole episode, then you can find the link in our bio :)

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Who makes the standardized test for schools? And who earns the money on creating them?

Juliet is a former teacher turned advocate for self-directed education who wants to use the knowledge from this area to improve public schools in the states. She holds a Master’s in Education Research and has worked both as a curriculum developer and a teacher.

One thing that annoys Juliet is the lack of knowledge from parents about who makes the standardized tests and the curriculum and who makes the money on it. As she explains:

“One of the unique things to the United States is that private companies facilitate our standardized tests. So we're funneling billions of dollars to private companies to create these tests. And those same private companies make the curriculum for the tests, write the teaching textbooks for the texts and create the tests that prepare the students for the test. And the taxpayers are paying for all this - to private companies. And the companies even use millions of dollars a year lobbying to keep things exactly as they are.”

Juliet believes that if even more parents know this and if the states would make the tests themselves, then the money today sent to private companies could be used to make better public schools.

We hope you will enjoy the latest episode of our podcast "Self Directed" You can find it on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube, or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts. Or enjoy it right on our website - Link in bio

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Age-segregated childhood is a problem

In schools, kids are segregated by age.

Age segregation is not normal.

Age segregation creates unhealthy competition and bullying.

Peter Gray states the following in his article: “Why We Should Stop Segregating Children by Age: Part II”

“My main point is this: Age-mixed play is less competitive, more creative, and more conducive to practicing new skills than is same-age play.

Age-mixed play is, in short, more playful than is same-age play. When children who are all nearly the same age play a game, competitiveness can interfere with playfulness. This is especially true in our current culture, which puts so much emphasis on winning and on all sorts of comparisons aimed at determining who is better, an emphasis fostered by our competitive, graded school system.

In contrast, when children who differ widely in age play a game together, the focus shifts from "beating" the other to having fun. There is no pride to be gained by the older, larger, more skilled child in beating the much younger one, and the younger one has no expectation of beating the older one. So, they play the game more joyfully, in a more relaxed manner, modifying the rules in ways to make it both fun and challenging for all involved.”

We hope you enjoyed this clip from our podcast - and If you want to know more, then listen to the whole podcast of Self Directed with Dr. Peter Gray.

https://theconrad.family/selfdirected6

#PeterGray #FreeToLearn #PlayfulLearning #SudburySchool #ChildDevelopment #unschooling #NaturalLearning #SelfDirectedEducation #AlternativeEducation #DemocraticEducation #EducationReform #PlayMatters #PlayfulParenting #ChildhoodUnplugged #ChildrensRights #DevelopmentalPsychology #EducationRevolution #LearningThroughPlay #Autonomy #IntrinsicMotivation #Homeschooling #EducationFreedom #SelfDiscovery #agesegregation
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