Free. Spirited. Childhood.
An exploration of the “what ifs” surrounding Self-Directed Education.
Arguing over test scores and other statistical outcomes takes the focus away from deeper questions about freedom and human flourishing.
Reading Ramona the Pest as a self directed learner highlights how arbitrary school conventions really are.
Children should be trusted to make the decisions that are relevant to their education and life. Self-Directed Education requires that adults trust children. However, there are limits to that trust.
People who bypass conventional school often have concern about the learning they might be missing out on. Research, however, demonstrates that we remember only a tiny amount of what we are taught in school. Research also demonstrates that we remember better when we learn out of interest.