Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If students designed their own schools

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea" 
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you could design your own school and study whatever you wanted, what would you choose to learn? This isn't a far-fetched question for students at Monument Mountain Regional High School, who participated in a unique activity called the Independent Project. The program was essentially an "alternative" school within the Massachusetts public high school that's completely run by students -- no teachers, parents, or adults allowed -- and they were in charge of deciding their entire curriculum. (read more on Huffington Post)
-- read on Washington Post
-- read on NY Times

The video below was done by Charles Tsai, director of Learning Networks for Ashoka Canada, a global association of social entrepreneurs. He also works in the area of self-directed education through his organization, Social Creatives.

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