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Spreading Awareness
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Spreading Awareness

Let's be honest, I believe 90% of this websites users want to change school for the good.So instead of staying here, let's spread outwards, start groups at your schools to promote alternatives, among other things.I for one am starting a discord for my local group of students inside schools to help spread awareness.I encourage everyone to do this,remember, the people inside the system can change it.

Maybe we can start connected alliances of these groups, while keeping each one independent.What I mean by this is we can all have a common goal.(stated above)Each group can individually do this goal in their own ways and with the alliance's way.(maybe we can have a flag for this alliance so if people want to join a group in their area and don't know about one, if they see the flag they will know)

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RE: Spreading Awareness

"AA says it is "not organized in the formal or political sense", and Bill Wilson called it a "benign anarchy". In Ireland, Shane Butler said that AA “looks like it couldn’t survive as there’s no leadership or top-level telling local cumanns what to do, but it has worked and proved itself extremely robust.” Butler explained that "AA’s 'inverted pyramid' style of governance has helped it to avoid many of the pitfalls that political and religious institutions have encountered since it was established here in 1946."

Wikipedia about Alcoholics Anonymous.

Whatever movement exists, it needs to be the kind that gathers wisdom not political power, the kind that listens and doesnt dictate.

as it was put by my recovering alcoholic friend, the "higher ups" of AA say "this is what has worked for us. you are welcome to try whatever, and let us know how it works. if it works we'll add it to our base of knowledge, and if it doesnt work we'll add that to our base of knowledge too"

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RE: Spreading Awareness

Im fairly sure that plenty of good parents get their kids comfortable enough with school by providing and enriching context in and out of home. with school being a kind of inconvenience tolerated while actively working for something better, changing or doing alternative schooling may be a hard sell to somebody thinking if it aint broke done fix it.

having said that, i think people like this need to be sought out and included in our knowledge base, that even when alternatives dont exist, what exactly do those "good" parents do when they understand school isnt everything?

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