Blake Boles gave an important keynote address at this year’s AERO conference. The main point that resonated with me was the idea to look at the the SDE community from the perspective of families stuck in traditional schools and not be caught up in squabbling between SDE models.
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 […]
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 […]
“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. […]
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 […]