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, […]
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 […]
We had officially entered the adjourning stage in Tuckman’s framework for team development. During the adjourning stage, which Tuckman added later, team members have grown close and feel a loss now that the experience is drawing to a close.
By Kerra L. Bolton “Raise your hand if you know the answer to this one,” challenged Lee Rush. It was the morning of the third day of a four-day Basic Restorative Practices workshop held at the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Early winter storm clouds began gathering outside of the […]
“Storming” — the second stage of Bruce Tuckman’s Five Stages of Team Development” — happens when the initial excitement has worn off, and the reality and weight of completing the task at hand sets in.
“Peopling,” as I call any social activity, takes effort. I hadn’t realized how dependent I have become on solitude as a means of social avoidance, until I attended a Restorative Practices Basic Training.