What can a teen accomplish, given the right tools, resources and mentor support?
Last week I wrote about designing your own high school curriculum and exploring self directed learning with my homeschooled teen. I know that this age group is capable of finding their way (with guidance).
Recently, I found this video profile of the Independent Project, being tested out at a public high school in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. They are test driving a program that allows a group of students to take charge of their high school education, follow their passions and take a break from the grades and tests of traditional school experience.
Check it out:
The idea that people (adults included) learn rapidly and retain information better when they are interested, passionate about a topic is not new. Homeschoolers and unschoolers have successfully built their lives around this idea.
While there are independent private schools that operate in this way (based on the Sudbury model), this is one of the few high schools in the world where this concept is being given a test run.
Could this be available to all public school students someday? I hope so.
What do you think? Would you send your teen to a school that empowered them to direct their own education?