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 […]

28
Feb
2018

A Clip from New Self-Taught Documentary

Have you seen the movie Class Dismissed?  Filmmaker Jeremy Stuart follows a family’s journey from school to homeschooling to unschooling.  The process and emotions the teen and the family experience are quite familiar to what we see in our work at Liberated Learners centers. Jeremy’s follow-up project is to make Self-Taught, a film about adults […]

3
Jul
2017

What Does it Mean to Be Educated?

Blake Boles has been writing and speaking about self-directed learning for over a decade, most recently for the Alliance for Self-Directed Education.  In his article What Does it Mean to Be Educated?,  he offers a somewhat historical perspective of where we are in the long-term arc of public education in the United States.  As Blake points […]

13
Apr
2016

Opting Out in a Bigger Way

Schools throughout NJ are gearing up to give another round of the PARCC. Families are rightly opting out of these tests. Tests measure a very narrow range of skills and abilities – they can’t possibly measure what we value most in young people: creativity, inspiration, kindness, curiosity, collaboration. In fact, the focus on standards and […]

9
Mar
2016

Why an “Alternative” Learning Center?

The key word here is “learning.” Learning is a biological imperative. Humans learn or die. Well, we also learn and then die. But before we die, we continue to learn right up until the moment we lose our sentience. The learning begins in utero and results in our mastering kinesthetic miracles such as breathing, walking […]

23
Jan
2016

Changing a Life in Eight Minutes

Just as I was packing up to head home from North Star late one September afternoon, the phone rang in my office. “Hi, this is Angie. I’m in California, and I really need some help!”  Yikes, I thought. It had been a full day of talking to people, and I had somewhere to go. “Well, […]