In short, we believe that individuals can be trusted to indulge in their natural inclination to explore and learn and that, given the opportunity, people are capable of finding internal motivation to learn rather than relying on an outside motivator, such as a teacher. Our philosophy on education extends to individuals of all ages. With the entire world to explore, we feel as though we are always learning. Some people call our philosophy, free-schooling, unschooling, or world schooling. We have come to consider our personal philosophy on education fluid in relation to the needs of the learner and we incorporate a little from a lot of different schools of thought!
For our purposes, a truly meaningful education relies on valuing a learner’s person’s input, needs, and desires, no matter their age. It means allowing each learner time to process things in their own way, never telling another individual what they “must” do or how they “must” react. It is a truly freeing experience to learn from the world, free of expectations and pressures of a one-size-fits-all educational model .
The flip side of freedom is responsibility and one of the things we focus most intensely on for ourselves and the students we work with, is allowing space for individuals to complete those tasks that they are capable of doing themselves. That means never completing a task for someone else because it is “easier”, being clear about our motivations when we do provide support, and honing everyone’s ability to know when asking for help would help facilitate a richer educational experience. Humans learn through experience so we strive not to rob ourselves or our students of opportunities to learn by mistakenly interjecting ourselves into situations where we are not genuinely needed.
Lots of information can be found online, in print, and in podcast form on the concepts behind alternative education. For further reading on free-schooling, unschooling, challenging the status quo of traditional education, and raising confident kids, check out these books: