Alternatives to School

Welcome to the World of Self-Directed Learning

  • Blog
  • FAQs
  • About ▾

    Vans Classic Vans Slip-On Pink Slip-On Pink f26c864




    Canvas
    Shaft measures approximately Low-Top\" from arch
    A Slip-on Deck Shoe
    Durable Canvas Upper For Long Lasting Wear
    Padded Collar And Footbed For Supreme Comfort, Fit, And Superior Shock Absorption
    Cotton Drill Lining For Excellent Breathability And Extra Comfort
    Gum Rubber Outsole With Vans' Signature Waffle Tread
  • 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
Emerica Men s Dissent Skate Shoe Navy/White Joie Women s Huxley Skate Shoe Caviar-porcelain Vans Unisex Old Skool Classic Skate Shoes Dress Blue Emerica Provost Slim Vulc Skate Shoe Grey/Dark Grey/Gold , DC Men s Heathrow Casual Skate Shoe Black/Black/Black , Supra Men s Skytop IV Magnet/Black/White , NIKE Men s Zoom Janoski Slip Cpsl Skate Shoe Summit White/Blue Tint/Ivory , DC Men s Stag Sneaker White/Gum DC Men s Pure SE Skate Shoe Black/Grey/Black Adidas Campus Vulc II Adv - DC Rebound High XE Skate Shoe Black Smooth Globe Men s Chase Skateboarding Shoe Dark Slate Vans Herren Authentic Core Classic Sneakers Black/Black , HUF Men s Classic Lo Ess TX Black/Black VANS Men s Atwood Skate Shoes, Durable and Comfortable Low-Top Lace-Up Style with Padded Tongue and Collar for Extra Comfort Black/Gum Emerica Men s Reynolds 3 G6 Vulc Skate Shoe Brown/White , DC Women s Chelsea SE Skate Shoe Black/Gold , adidas Men s Matchcourt Sneakers White/White/White , Osiris Men s Helix Skateboarding Shoe Urban NIKE Men s Check Midnight Navy/White Vans Unisex Classic Slip-on (Checkerboard) Skate Shoe Checkerboard Estate Blue True White , DC Men s Trase TX Unisex Skate Shoe Black/Black/Brown , Supra Vaider Skate Shoe Light Grey - White Vans Unisex Authentic (Kendra Dandy) Skate Shoe Mono Gargoyle Grey , Vans Womens Authentic DX Sneaker Blanc De Bl , Etnies Scam Skate Shoe Navy/White/Gum Etnies Men s Jameson Mtw Skate Shoe Brown/Navy The Walking Dead Shoes Canvas Shoes Sneakers 2 Styles Black 3 , Etnies Scout YB Sneaker Black/White/Gum
Like Us On Facebook
Contents
Get our newsletter!
Vans Classic Vans Slip-On Pink Slip-On Pink f26c864
Search
Skateboarding


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

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8