Alternatives to School

Welcome to the World of Self-Directed Learning

  • Blog
  • FAQs
  • About ▾

    Sesto Meucci Women s Neda Slip-On Loafer Meucci Stained Dk Tan 19157 Stained Calf 12733c0




    Leather
    leather sole
    This Italian-made loafer will be the crown jewel in your dress wardrobe
    Woven calfskin leather upper
    Slip-on style
    Leather-covered cushioned footbed
    Buffed leather sole
  • 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
Dr. Scholl s Women s Frankie Mesh Flat White Mesh Aravon Women s Dolly Flat Black TOMS Women s 10010236 Drizzle Grey Lurex Woven Alpargata Flat Coral Blanket Stripe Corso Como Women s Jackey Ballet Flat Rose , Massimo Matteo Womens Pointy Toe Flat 17 Nude Nubuck , SoftWalk Women s Napa Ballet Flat Bronze/Black , Grasshoppers Women s Siesta Slip-on Fashion Sneaker Navy Earth Origins Womens London Leather Closed Toe Ballet Flats Black , Trotters Women s Alice Ballet Flat Red , Naturalizer Women s Gadget Slip-On Loafer Black Meeshine Womens Foldable Soft Pointed Toe Ballet Flats Rhinestone Comfort Slip on Flat Shoes Black 02 Dr. Scholl s Women s Frankie Mesh Flat White Mesh , Jessica Simpson Women s Miaha Ballet Flat Penny , Bernie Mev Women s Comfi Flat Black Multi Trotters Women s Liz Loafer Navy , Repetto Women s Cendrillon Patent Navy Mt. Emey 9205 Women s Extreme-Light Mary Jane Shoes Ruby Red , CLARKS Women s Cheyn Madi Slip-on Loafer Dark Brown Tumbled Leather Wells Collection Criss Cross Strap D Orsay Flat Shoe Ballet Taupe TOMS Women s 10010236 Drizzle Grey Lurex Woven Alpargata Flat Soft Lilac Heritage Canvas , CLARKS Women s Daelyn Hill Wedge Pump Navy Suede , Soft Style by Hush Puppies Women s Pleats Be With You Dress Pump Dark Brown , Naturalizer Women s Brittany Ballet Flat Taupe Metallic Easy Street Women s Giddy Ballet Flat Tan , SoftWalk Women s Chatsworth Mary Jane Flat Luggage Franco Sarto Women s Sela Mule Orange , SoftWalk Women s Napa S Black Rose Cole Haan Women s Elsie Ii Ballet Flat Black/Black Patent ARRAY Freedom Women s Slip On Lime ,
Like Us On Facebook
Contents
Get our newsletter!
Sesto Meucci Women s Neda Slip-On Loafer Meucci Stained Dk Tan 19157 Stained Calf 12733c0
Search
Flats


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

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8