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Learning Is Innate: Ancestral Childhood, Unschooling, and Healing – Akilah S. Richards

Mythic Medicine
February 3, 2021

If the phrase “school wounds” stirs something inside of you, or the words “crisis schooling” describe your current reality as a parent or caregiver, or you’ve just always intuited that there’s something not quite right about modern compulsory schooling, this episode is for you.


  • The reimagining of schooling as we’ve known it
  • Akilah’s story of schooling and unschooling
  • Unschooling is not just school at home- it’s a whole new paradigm of learning, power, and belonging
  • School wounds
  • The radical presence it takes to raise up kids in this way
  • How leaving school can free up a family’s life in myriad unanticipated ways
  • Schoolishness and the American Dream, in which so much of the actual human gets lost
  • The slow normalization of dehumanizing systems and institutions
  • Being constantly in curiosity about how our children (and ourselves!) actually learn
  • Reframing consent in the parent/child relationship
  • The liberation of being allowed bodily autonomy (especially for black folk)
  • Akilah’s response to the common assertions that only stay at home parents/rich people/white people can school at home
  • Actionizing love & recognizing that it’s all portal work

RESOURCES (if listening on an app that doesn’t support embedded links, find these at https://mythicmedicine.love/podcast)::

Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work