In the scurry to assert a sense of normalcy, public school districts, educators, and families are missing opportunities to revise assumptions about how education ought to work. Now’s our chance to shift the status quo of conventional schooling.
Many people worry that Self-Directed Education is too risky for children from less privileged households. But is our duty to expose kids to the types of knowledge that confer privilege, or to help them develop their fullest, most meaningful lives?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child enshrines the child’s right to an education that is child-friendly and empowering, and that enables the child to enjoy the full range of human rights. Yet, it also makes this ‘compulsory’. Is this the contradiction that it seems to be?