North Star Self-Directed Learning for Teens program is neither an alternative school, nor a private progressive school, nor a homeschooling resource program. As Kenneth Danford recounts in this excerpt from his book, Learning is Natural, School is Optional, until recently North Star was unique. That is, until others wanted to emulate it and he created a way to do that — he calls it “Liberated Learners.”
North Star coaches teens to leave school and embark on a self-directed path. It turns out that for 82% of our members, the first activity after North Star is: school.
“In school I was a freak, a punk, an outcast, and nobody at all. I was afraid to be myself and afraid to try to be anyone else. School was never an enjoyable experience for me.”
Young people want to learn. Learning happens everywhere. It really is okay to leave school. And more revolutionary ideas.
Editor’s Comments by Ted Wachtel I’m not against schools. Rather, I am against the continued monopoly that schools have over the resources for learning. I applaud the many students who thrive in schools. But millions do not, and they should be allowed to choose their own paths to learning. When I wrote my first book, […]
In case you haven’t noticed, our society is not functioning well. We all feel uncomfortable about it. Our greatest discomfort comes from our system of governance. Political governance isn’t working for us, because it causes eternal bickering and divisiveness.
For the first time in our thirty-year history, we were headed toward layoffs. We held a meeting with several hundred staff to discuss the state of the organization and our plans to right the ship.
When in doubt about whether to share what’s on your mind or engage a tough situation, it’s usually best to lean towards taking the risk. The core concepts, principles, creative strategies, and toxic behavior profiles covered on this blog are here to help you do that.
by John W. Bailie, Ph.D. When I saw the large knife clipped inside his waistband, my first feeling wasn’t fear. It was disappointment. I was walking up the stairwell to the main office, like I did every morning. “How are you doing today, Carlos?” I asked with a smile. “Doing great today, Mr. John,” he […]
The U.K.’s Sortition Foundation advocates replacing the British House of Lords with a “House of Citizens,” so that the elected House of Commons could not pass legislation without the consent of a statistically representative group of citizens in a second legislature. The Foundation has recently finalized its strategy document, outlining a 3-phase process to radically […]