The New Era of Learning
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The New Era of Learning
The direction in which learning is going: personalized, self-directed, grounded in the real world, and blurring the lines between age groups, teachers/students, formal/informal, etc. It taps into people's instincts and desires for play, creativity and meaning. I'm hoping to eventually incorporate this content into a robust web site that will serve as a compendium on this topic.
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How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools

How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

The Fairhaven School, which opened its doors in 1998, has no tests or grades, and no assigned homework. Its goal is to help students develop two core traits: agency and autonomy.

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My recent story about a democratic school in the Washington, DC suburbs.

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Would You Send Your Kids to a School Where Students Make the Rules?

Would You Send Your Kids to a School Where Students Make the Rules? | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
This school claims to take the angst out of education. The results make it look that way—among other things.
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Good appraisal of a "democratic school." Interestingly, even the youngest kids have as much say as the adults, and the school's principal (though they don't use that term), elected by the community of teachers and students, is just 18 years old!

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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education.
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Boston College developmental psychologist and author Peter Gray explains how exactly children learn when they are in the driver's seat and can decide how to spend their time. (This article was written by me.)

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Rebellion (and why it's almost absent at democratic schools)

Rebellion (and why it's almost absent at democratic schools) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
This week's post was written by Isabella O’Connell, who is currently a student at SVS. When I went to traditional high school, the place reeked of rebellion. Contempt for the establishment was a ba...
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Is the American School System Damaging Our Kids? | Reader's Digest

Is the American School System Damaging Our Kids? | Reader's Digest | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Education has become an American institution—of the worst kind.
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Lays out the case for self-directed learning over the standard teach-and-test method.

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