If you’ve been following this latest series about Kenneth Danford’s upcoming book, Learning Is Natural, School Is Optional, and had serious doubts about that whole concept…welcome to the club.
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.
Editor’s Comments by Ted Wachtel Just because young people don’t want to go to high school doesn’t mean they don’t want to go to school. Many North Star members go on to college. Homeschoolers and North Star teenagers often do better without high school. This excerpt from a chapter in Kenneth Danford’s book, Learning is […]
Editor’s Comments by Ted Wachtel Kenneth Danford’s new book, Learning is Natural, School is Optional, shares his more than two decades of experience in providing an alternative to school. Made possible since the advent of homeschooling—which provides a legal basis for not attending school—he has demonstrated that self-directed learning by teenagers is not only possible, […]
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, […]