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?"continue reading
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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
Joining Summer at Makarios is like the neighbourhood experience of a couple generations ago...kids hanging out with their friends all summer, exploring, playing, getting messy and having fun. It's also a great time to explore self-directed education! At Makarios, children ages 5 to 18 will:
- Have exciting experiences and exposure to new ideas
- Feel heard and know that their voice matters
- Learn interpersonal skills and form strong friendships
- Be safe from bullying
In addition to mentor-led learning enrichments, Makarios Community School offers a wide variety of activities, books, curriculum, toys, pets, technology, and equipment to engage childrens' interests.
Want to learn more? Complete the attached form and a member of our staff will contact you asap!continue reading
I think we’re all asking the questions. Is democracy failing? Has our democracy been hacked? How could that happen? What do we do about it? Are there other options? How do we let go of the patriarchy? If we do, can we really thrive in a democracy where everyone gets a say? Well, I’m not about to answer those questions for you. I am going to share something I’ve recently gotten to observe that proves to be a highly functional democracy where I see my little boy thriving every day. Even at home, he is thriving again after several years of struggle and resistance around the school and lots of other things, including not getting his way about something he wanted to do that us as parents did not. What he is experiencing at school, he is bringing home and teaching us how to better hear each other’s’ voices and take votes to make choices that best represent the desires of the group, while ensuring everyone’s ideas get recognized. It’s amazing how just being heard eases the realization thatcontinue reading
Thank you for your interest in Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness. We are a licensed treatment program that uses the wilderness setting to provide a clinically-focused intervention, teaching clients accountability, communication skills and healthy emotional and behavioral habits. BRTW’s main office is in Clayton, GA, in the southern Appalachian Mountains and borders the Chattahoochee and Nantahala National Forests. Clayton is conveniently located between Atlanta, GA, and Asheville, NC.continue reading
I discovered this incredible work by chance while searching through a listing of outdoor jobs on an online database in the summer of 2011. As a recent college graduate, I was neck deep in the angst of entering the job force. I had never heard of Wilderness Therapy before, and honestly, I remember feeling unsure if I wanted to do it or not. I pictured a boot camp where students just cried all day and yelled at each other as field instructors ran around saying things like, “take accountability for your actions!” or, “let the tears flow!” Nonetheless, something about it captivated my imagination. So I applied for a job as a Field Instructor and read every book about it I could get my hands on. As I read Shouting At The Sky, a book describing a writer’s personal wilderness therapy experience, I started to understand that this wasn’t like anything else I had ever heard of; it sounded compassionate, powerful, raw, even sacred.continue reading
They can explore and study real-world problems that impact their lives or the lives of people they care about. When students are passionate, they dig deep and dream big. They don’t let obstacles become deterrents to solutions. And that mindset is innate to students who attend democratic schools. With the ability to structure their own schedules and the option to focus solely on one subject, students can move beyond superficial exploration and understanding.
Many of my favorite TedTalks are by kids in other parts of the world where education isn’t formalized, but where issues that we take for granted like clean water, access to food, and electricity are still daily struggles. These kids see problems all around them. Some are courageous enough to find solutions. One of my favorites is Richard Turere who grew up in Kenya and at age 15 created a flashing LED light system that deters lions from getting near villages and livestock without the need to kill them. Simple, effective, and easycontinue reading
I have worked in a multitude of treatment settings from sober living communities, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, a university, and most recently found myself in a new container: the wilderness. I assumed that this treatment modality would be similar to the other environments I have worked in, only, it was doing therapy out in the woods. It had been a long time since I thought about how being outside unquestionably impacted my childhood. However, it didn't take long for me to remember just how profound a connection to the wilderness can be. I see this vital relationship to the outdoors forming in my students, and I know that they are learning so much from it, just as I have.continue reading
Between the ages of 9 and 12, Scotty’s life took a new path and no longer was he the carefree boy who would try anything without fear. No longer was he a dreamer of his future; instead he wanted to escape reality and live in Middle Earth. The blonde-haired, green-eyed boy with a heart and soul of kindness was angry, resentful, rebellious and putting on weight rapidly. We brushed it off as puberty, and I am sure part of it was, but I knew there was something deeper happening. I just didn’t understand it all. Why should I? I’ve never been depressed; I don’t understand the lure of that deep bottomless pit of despair. Instead, I live in the thought that the world is my oyster and full of possibilities. Why oh why did God give me children who see the world and life so differently from me? I don’t feel equipped. Now what?!continue reading
In recent years, we’ve seen a movement to participate in social change by K-12 students. Whether they are raising money to support a cause, finding solutions to problems in their environment, or actively participating in organizations and government, students are asking to have a hand in making their world better.continue reading