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OOL_0058 Examining Ageism With Aiyana Goodfellow

Host Annie Friday is joined this week by Aiyana Goodfellow, self-described writer, liberator, and delinquent. Much of Aiyana’s current work centers on inviting others to dig into their own implicit or explicit anti-child ageism. Aiyana has classes called Why You Hate Kids, 101, 102, and a self-paced intensive that can be found at her website as well as a published book titled Innocence and Corruption: An abolitionist understanding of youth oppression. Aiyana encourages adults to use self-reflection and intentionality in order to create change by shifting out of the model of having power over young people and rather share power with young people. In this conversation, we discuss the discomfort of childhood, child abuse, freedom, power, and systems like schooling that keep children in an oppressed group. It sounds pretty radical but when you hear Aiyana talk on the topic, you will hear just how grounded and sensible the work of dismantling childhood oppression really is. 

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Co-Founder at Blue Bridge ALC

Annie Friday is an educator, entrepreneur, podcast host, and birth doula. Most recently, Annie co-founded Blue Bridge Agile Learning Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Blue Bridge serves families engaged in self-directed education pursuits. Annie considers herself a recovering teacher engaged in the ongoing process of deschooling and relearning everything she has ever known about education. Annie is a public school parent who is actively working to decenter school in her family life. Annie believes all learning needs to be learner-led, consent-based, and rooted in play. Annie holds a master’s degree in early childhood education. Her teacher and family training focuses on supporting young children through play, nature, and mindfulness. Annie lives in Michigan with her husband and two young children. Together they enjoy playing outside hiking, camping, boating, and skiing as well as inside with board games, video games, dancing, doing yoga, and cooking.


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