The inclusion of resources on this site is not an endorsement. Some resources are incredibly problematic.


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Anarchism & Educational Theory

Avrich, Paul – The Modern School Movement
Ferrer, Francisco – Origins and Ideals of the Modern School
Smith, Michael P. - The Libertarians and Education
Spring, Joel – A Primer of Libertarian Education
Suissa, Judith – Anarchism and Education


Esteva, Gustavo - Escaping Education: Living as Learning Within Grassroots Cultures
Goodman, Paul – Growing up Absurd
Goodman, Paul – Compulsory Mis-education and the Community of Scholars
Holt, John - How Children Fail
Holt, John - How Children Learn
Holt, John - Instead of Education
Hern, Matt – Everywhere, All the Time: A New Deschooling Reader
Hern, Matt - Deschooling our Lives
Hern, Matt - Field Day: Getting Society Out of School
Illich, Ivan - Deschooling Society
Llewellyn, Grace -- Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School
Llewellyn, Grace -- Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers
Llewellyn, Grace -- Real Lives: 11 Teenagers Who Don't Go to School
Lllewellyn, Grace – The Teenage Liberation Handbook

Critical Pedagogy & Popular Education

Cote, Day, & Peuter (Eds.) - Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments Against Neoliberal Globalization
Freire, Paulo – Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Giroux, Henry -- The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex
hooks, bell -- Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
Horton, Myles – The Long Haul: An Autobiography

Free Schools (brick and mortar)

Greenberg, Daniel -- Free at Last: Sudbury Valley School
Kozol, Jonathan – Free Schools
Mercogliano, Chris – How to Grow a School
Mercogliano, Chris – Making It Up as We Go Along
Neill, A.S. -- Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing

Free Universities

Draves, Bill - The Free University: A Model for Lifelong Learning
Lichtman, Jane -- Bring Your Own Bag: A Report on Free Universities

Decolonization & Education

Grande, Sandy – Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought
Smith, Linda Tuhiwai – Decolonizing Methodologies

Book Chapters

Antliff, A. (2007) Breaking Free: Anarchist Pedagogy, Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments against Neoliberal Globalization. Eds. Mark Coté, Richard J.F. Day, and Greig de Peuter, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 248-265.

Shantz, J. (2010) Anarchy Goes to School: The Anarchist Free Skool, Constructive Anarchy: Building Infrastructures of Resistance. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Shantz, J. (2011) Heterotopias of Toronto: The Anarchist Free Space and Who's Emma?, Active Anarchy: Political Practice in Contemporary Movements. Lanham, MD:Lexington Books.


I want to do this all day (Audio Documentary) The result of a North American road trip to a bunch of different radical educational spaces
Free to Learn (film) A documentary made by and about the Albany Free School

Magazines and Journals

WWW web hub for free skools. Sign up here for the freeskool solidarity email list.

Free Skool Wikipedia Entry

Master's Thesis and Blog by Niki Thorne on the Hamilton Free Skool
An experiment in liberation fuelled by love

NASCO Institute 2011 Radical Education Workshop Powerpoint Presentation

The Alternative Education Resource Organization

Master's Thesis by Anthony Meza-Wilson
Educational Projects for Decolonization: Anti-Authoritarian Allyship and Resistance Education in the Americas