Monoculture is destructive.
In agriculture and in education.
Industrial agriculture, built around monoculture, is falling apart, with an ever increasing need for pesticides and other ‘treatments’ to keep it in place, with farm workers suffer the effects of pesticides and poor wages, and consumers suffer ill health and malnutrition.
Industrial schooling, built around a monoculture of standardised schooling is becoming increasingly broken, with an ever increasing need for toxic controls, monitoring and ‘treatments’, while teachers suffer from work overload and job despair, and the consumers (students) suffer with boredom, mental health issues, suicide, lack of critical thinking and creativity.
Mother | Wife | Unschooler | Education Freedom Advocate | Child Rights Advocate | Learning Reimagined Conference Convenor | She/Her
For the last 25 years, Zakiyya has been experimenting with living and learning in freedom, also known as unschooling. She is an advocate for freedom in education. Her three children have never been to school, living instead as if the idea of schooling doesn’t exist. She has been supporting and has been consistently sharing her reflections on the intersections of unschooling with decolonisation, social change and unschooling’s foundational role in social justice. She convened the Learning Reimagined Conferences of 2017 and 2018, both groundbreaking in their own rights with the 2018 conference being the first conference globally to focus on the socio-political dimensions of Unschooling, Decolonisation and Social Change.