31
Jul
2019

Ken’s New Blog

Ken’s on a roll with some great posts on his newly launched blog. My favorite is a satirical thought experiment, a la Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal.

26
May
2019

Learning is Natural, School is Optional

That’s the North Star slogan, adopted for Liberated Learners centers, and now the title of Ken Danford’s new book: Learning is Natural, School is Optional: The North Star approach to offering teens a head start on life.

24
Apr
2019

Abot Tala—To the Stars

The newest Liberated Learners center, Abot Tala, opened in Manila, The Philippines, on April 1. It was only a dream last summer — 9 months later, reality.

30
Mar
2019

The Self-Driven Child: Making it possible

The goal of Liberated Learners centers is to support teens to leave traditional school and to start living the lives that they want for themselves now. The approach begins with having kids take more direct control over their lives.

20
Feb
2019

Resolving Conflicts by Bringing People Together

In Blake Boles’ recent Tipping Points article, “Agile Learning Centers, Liberated Learners, and Sudbury Schools: What’s the Difference?“, one of the questions Blake uses to compare the different models is “When something’s amiss, who solves the problem, and how?”. His conclusion for Liberated Learners centers is “benevolent dictatorship”, and goes on to say: Liberated Learners […]

7
Dec
2018

Blake Boles on Liberated Learners, Agile Learning, and Sudbury

In the world of self-directed learning, there are few schools or programs that fully empower teens to pursue their own interests without any external requirements from the program itself. In very few spaces can a teen say to an adult, “Thank you for the suggestion, but that’s not something I would like to do right […]

1
Oct
2018

Common Sense Learning

“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 “hit the standards,” standards that are meant to get everyone on the same page. […]

3
Sep
2018

Joel Hammon Featured on Blake Boles’ Podcast Off-Trail Learning

I don’t remember how I first became aware of Blake and his work. Perhaps he sent me an email. Maybe I saw a copy of his book, College Without High School, and reached out. I do remember Blake breezing through the Philadelphia area on one of his epic journeys in the early days of Princeton Learning Cooperative […]

7
Aug
2018

Going Global: Liberated Learners in The Philippines

A Liberated Learners Center in Manila, The Philippines? You don’t need my report. Watch this interview with some school-age teens about whether they think the idea is possible: Abot Tala is seeking to become the first Liberated Learners center outside of North America. I have just returned from spending ten days with their team, meeting […]

20
Jul
2018

What can we do together?

“What can we do together?” emerged as the theme of our fifth Annual Liberated Learners Conference at North Star held June 22-24.  Staff and board members from nine centers converged to compare notes, swap stories, and inspire each other during the gathering. The fresh energy of participants from new centers including Embark, BigFish, and The […]