MUSINGS ON SELF-DIRECTED EDUCATION

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

  • The Tension between Creativity and Productivity
    by Katy Burke on September 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I find it jarring that we put far more emphasis on task completion than just about anything else including, thought. […]

  • But My Child is Not Self-Directed
    by Scott Gallagher on August 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    When parents say, “my child is not self-directed,” they seem to be implying that self-direction is some trait that only a select group of people have. The truth is a little more complicated. &nbs […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) #5
    by Katy Burke on July 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Knowing what is best for kids requires knowing kids, each kid. &nbs […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) #4
    by Katy Burke on July 1, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Kids’ emotional wellbeing matters in their education. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]