Alternatives to School

Welcome to the World of Self-Directed Learning

  • Blog
  • FAQs
  • About ▾

    PUMA Yellow/Puma Mens Classic Suede Classic Archive Black Mineral Yellow/Puma Black 3e6ff52




    Suede
    Imported
    Complement your relaxed look with these classic, throwback PUMA® Suede Classic Archive sneakers!
    Soft and rich suede uppers with a round toe.
    Foam-padded collar and tongue offer a great fit.
    Classic fat laces made from recycled materials for that classic '80s appeal.
    Textile lining and a cushioned sockliner for comfort and added cushioning.Ribbed toe bumper with signature PUMA 360° stitching detail.Rubber midsole provides ample cushioning.Rubber outsole for grip.Imported.Measurements: Weight: 15 oz Product measurements were taken using size 11, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.Weight of footwear is based on a single item, not a pair.
  • About ▾
  • Connect
Welcome to the World of Self-Directed Education

You have just entered into a remarkable world of ideas about education — ideas that make enormous sense, are much supported by research, and are influencing the educational thought and practice of an ever-growing number of families throughout the world. I am Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College. This website includes some of my own research findings, as well as conclusions from many other sources, about how children best learn and about alternatives to conventional schooling that have proven successful for many thousands of young people. I, and the whole team that created this site, welcome you and hope you will explore the site to discover more about home-based, self-directed learning, community resource centers, and democratic schools.

 

 

THE MAIN IDEAS DEVELOPED ON THIS SITE ARE:

Children are beautifully designed, by nature, to direct their own education. For most of human history, children educated themselves through observing, exploring, questioning, playing and participating. These educative instincts still work beautifully for children who are provided with conditions that allow them to flourish.

Coercive schooling is not good for children. Schooling that children are forced to endure—in which the subject matter is imposed by others and the “learning” is motivated by extrinsic rewards and punishments rather than by the children’s true interests—turns learning from a joyful activity into a chore, to be avoided whenever possible. Coercive schooling, which tragically is the norm in our society, suppresses curiosity and overrides children’s natural ways of learning. It also promotes anxiety, depression and feelings of helplessness that all too often reach pathological levels.

Real alternatives already exist and have been proven to work. These options include democratic schools, in which children direct their own activities and participate in running the school; self-directed homeschooling, where children pursue their own interests with the support of parents and others in the community; and resource centers that offer community and support for self-directed learners. These self-directed approaches have been used successfully by young people representing the whole normal range of personalities and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. These approaches nurture traits such as initiative, creativity, playfulness, and love of learning — traits that promote life satisfaction and are increasingly essential for economic success in our rapidly changing world. As an added bonus, the financial cost of such  approaches has proven to be far less than that of coercive schooling.

THIS SITE IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:

a parent who is concerned about how schooling is affecting your child, or who seeks to preserve your child’s wonder and excitement of learning;

a student who feels trapped by schooling;

a researcher or scholar who wants to know the evidence concerning the harm of coercive schooling, the success of self-directed education, and the conditions in which self-directed education works best;

a journalist or event organizer, interested in featuring an authority who can discuss better approaches to education and children’s needs for freedom and play; or

a concerned citizen, looking for ways to improve education for all.

See also:
The Alliance for Self-Directed Education

 

Blog Archive
Skechers Sport Women s Skech Air Infinity Free Falli Fashion Sneaker Black/Multi , adidas Stella McCartney Women s Ultraboost parley Sneakers Hi-res Blue S18/Core White/Dark Callistos 07 , Dr Zen Sport 2 Men s Therapeutic Diabetic Extra Depth Shoe Leather Lace Black Diadora Unisex V7000 NYL II Sand/Bright Rose/Incense K-Swiss Women s Bigshot Light 3 Purple Opulence/Silver , adidas Men s Crazyquick 2.0 Black/Platinum/Power Red , Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Fashion Sneaker Vaporous Grey / Peacoat , Converse Men s Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Ox Black Ryka Women s Divine Cross Training Shoes Navy/Pink Black/Athena Pink/Frost Grey Converse Men s Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Ox Navy Dr. Comfort Spirit-X Women s Diabetic Extra Depth Shoe Leather-and-Mesh Velcro Black , New Balance Men s 786v2 Cushioning Tennis Shoe White/Blue adidas Barricade Classic Bounce Tennis Shoe Core Black/Metallic Silver/White Gola Women s Specialist Sneaker Blossom/Off-white Merrell Women s Terran Post II Sandal Taupe , Gola Women s Cla192 Harrier Fashion Sneaker Sky Blue/White native Men s Lennox Water Shoe Mist Grey/Pigeon Grey/Hollywood Pink/Jiffy Block Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Slip-On Classic Running Sneaker White/Tricolor , Skechers Sunlite Revival Womens Jogging Sneakers Black , Dr. Comfort Katy Womens Sneaker Pink and Blue , Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox Black/Almost Black/White , adidas Originals Women s Adizero Ubersonic 3 w Tennis Shoe Energy Pink/Vapour Grey Easy Coral Gola Men s Specialist Fashion Sneaker Rush/Off-white , PUMA Womens Phenom EP Puma White/Metallic Beige , Tretorn Women s Nylite6bold Sneaker Eggplant native AP Mercury Liteknit Black Babolat Men s Jet Mach I All Court Tennis Shoe Black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox Blue/White , Merrell Men s Bare Access Flex Knit Sneaker Red
Like Us On Facebook
Contents
Get our newsletter!
PUMA Yellow/Puma Mens Classic Suede Classic Archive Black Mineral Yellow/Puma Black 3e6ff52
Search
Tennis & Racquet Sports


Copyright © 2018 · Balance Theme on Genesis Framework · WordPress · Log in

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8