Here are the most recent posts to The Learning Cooperatives blog. Check out the TLC blog page to see all of them.

  • Why Are Our Kids So Worried?
    by Joel Hammon on June 15, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Ask any educator, guidance counselor, local therapist or parent and they will tell you the same thing - the rise in anxiety and depression among young people is alarming. The post Why Are Our Kids So Worried? appeared first on The Learning Cooperatives | Alternatives to school for teens. […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) #3
    by Katy Burke on May 31, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Education should be shaped around the students, not the other way around. I deeply, firmly, believe that “everybody [has] their something,” at least one special something to offer. The post Common Sense Standard (CSS) #3 appeared first on The Learning Cooperatives | Alternatives to […]

  • Jumping Off A Cliff! But, Not Really…
    by Joel Hammon on April 13, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Princeton Learning Cooperative has been supporting young people and their families to be in charge of their life and education for the past 8 years. We’ve seen that providing a flexible, interest-based education in a welcoming community with caring adults can be a LIFE-CHANGING idea for young […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) #2
    by Katy Burke on February 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    (See the first post in this series – Common Sense Learning.) Children want more autonomy as they grow…and that’s a good thing. One of the greatest struggles I felt as a public high school teacher was working with kids who didn’t want to do what I was asking them to do. […]

  • Self-Directed Education is a Really Good Idea: A TEDx Talk
    by Joel Hammon on February 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    There is a lot of talk about how traditional education is not always a good fit for every young person. What’s not talked about as much, but is absolutely true from my experience in the system, is that traditional education is not a good fit for many of the adults working there as well. […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) # 1
    by Katy Burke on January 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    (See the first post in this series – Common Sense Learning.) Education is training; not a performance, game or race to the top.  It shouldn’t make or break anyone, but it should shape and build everyone. The way I see it, no one passes or fails in training. They simply get more or […]

  • Common Sense Learning
    by Katy Burke on December 29, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    “Common Core-aligned” has become the quality control test by which we measure a legitimate education. A quick Google search will reveal droves of businesses selling academic resources and programs on the basis of their “alignment.” Teachers are feeling constant pressure to […]

  • It’s Not a Mystery
    by Joel Hammon on December 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Let me start with a simple fact: a lot of teenagers don’t like school. (Shocking, I know.) There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of the big ones is that many teens don’t feel like they have much say in their day-to-day lives — the work they do, who they interact with, […]

  • Letting Go and Listening
    by Scott Gallagher on November 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    The traditional school system structure is top down with teachers somewhere in the middle. Everyone knows their role, and can choose to submit or rebel as it suits them.  At The Learning Cooperatives we replace the top down model with a collaborative approach where the teens have much more […]

  • Giving Grades the Deep Six
    by Eileen Smyth on October 8, 2017 at 11:52 am

    At The Learning Cooperatives, we view liberation from grading as a cornerstone of our approach. This decision isn’t only based in ideology, but experience. I’ve taught for over twenty years in various types of institutions including some that used grades and some that didn’t. […]