Progressive schools are scary. They are a bit like deciding to take a road trip but instead of going directly from Point A to Point B, you decide to take your own route. When kids get to decide the route, parents bite their lip and wonder: "Is this wise? Will my kid end up lost? If I just give him/her the keys to his/her own education and a vehicle (the school), won't the freedom go to his/her head? How will s/he turn out?"
The good news is, this isn't a new experiment. There has been much research in the past thirty years that shows a majority of students turn out smarter, more adaptable, and happier than their public school counterparts.
They learn to take their own roads and develop the essential skills that often can't be formed in a public school setting. Here are five that make the biggest difference.continue reading