Here is the edited recording of the session. (We also have a recording of the spillover conversation afterwards that we will upload later)
We recommend that you watch the recording while accessing the Miro board here. While you can view the board on a mobile/tablet, for the best experience we recommend using a computer - not only to read what was posted during the session, but to share your thoughts as you work your way through the session.
In case you want to skip to specific sections, you can use the following timeline
[0:00] 1. Check-in and Introduction
Summary: When we became parents in 2015 we saw Parenting and Education as distinct domains. When we came across Self Directed Education in our quest for educational alternatives, we were skeptical – but the experiment to try to parent without any form of Punishments/Rewards proved to be a major unlearning experience that eventually led us to becoming advocates for SDE.
We also explain how the dialogue will work and how to use the Miro board
[3:38] 2. Reflections on Power – Power is a Need
Summary: Power is a legitimate human need. But our need for Autonomy (over ourselves) often conflicts with others Influence (over us) – this conflict is often resolved using “Power Over”, where punishments and rewards (=> Retributive Justice) are necessary; but there is an alternative – “Power With”, that can be used along with Restorative Justice among people we have a relationship with (e.g. at our homes, schools and workplaces)
[13:16] 3. Dialogue – Our experience with Power
Summary: How did we experience Power when we were children? What did we like/dislike? Do we, as adults now, use Power on children the same way we experienced it? Why or Why not? Why is it acceptable to use Power Over on children?
[17:12] 4. Reflections on Learning
Summary: We propose a definition for learning, but we suggest you try to write down your definition before looking at ours – you can then better critique our definition.
[22:20] 5. Educating Children about Power
Summary: How do children learn about power and what is our role as adults in that education?
(Note: There is an activity at 24:00 that requires you to have at least your right hand free)
[27:17] 6. Conclusion: Hypothesis and Next Steps
Summary: We propose that children primarily learn about power from observing/experiencing how influential adults in their lives (i.e. parents, educators) use Power; and suggest that ideally children need to experience Power With at home and in school