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Are You Expecting Too Much?

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
August 4, 2022

It’s natural as parents to want our kids to have a better life than we had. We just know that with the right parenting recipe, we can steer our children toward greatness. This is the basic idea behind education as well. Even parents who opt out of the conventional educational model—with its set curriculum and […]

They Teach Themselves Math

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
July 24, 2022

This is part of a series on how children learn in Self-Directed Education. It attempts to answer the question: How can children learn without teachers, classes, or homework? Go here to see an overview of the series so far. During their journey through childhood, children encounter many things which they have to figure out in […]

When Should Kids Learn to Read?

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
July 15, 2022

This is part of a series on how children learn in Self-Directed Education. It attempts to answer the question: How can children learn without teachers, classes, or homework? Go here to see an overview of the series so far. If we started enrolling all of our 1-year-olds in English classes, within a couple of generations […]

They Teach Themselves to Read

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
July 4, 2022

This is part of a series on how children learn in Self-Directed Education. It attempts to answer the question: How can children learn without teachers, classes, or homework? Go here to see an overview of the series so far. Madison couldn’t read. She was seven years old, enrolled in a school that doesn’t have classes […]

Control Is a Myth No one can really control what a child learns or when.

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
June 25, 2022

This is part of a series on how children learn in Self-Directed Education. It attempts to answer the question: How can children learn without teachers, classes, or homework? Go here to see an overview of the series so far. How can we be sure that kids will learn everything they need to know? This is […]

7 Principles of Self-Directed Education

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
June 14, 2022

This is part of a series on how children learn in Self-Directed Education. It attempts to answer the question: How can children learn without teachers, classes, or homework? Go here to see an overview of the series so far. Last time I explained what education is by dividing it into six categories: Basic skills People […]

Monthly Happenings May 2022

June 1, 2022

Happy Pride Month. Welcome to the Monthly Happenings! It was one heck of a month, to say the least. There is so much to fill you in on, so if you are new to our Open School community, Welcome!! If you’ve been with us for a while, Hello again!! This month we had our first-ever […]

You Can’t Skip Play

by Angela Young, Open School staff
May 25, 2022

From trips to the local Jr. College for Chemistry Class, to studying Norse Mythology with students all over the continent, here at The Open School we can confidently say there’s been plenty of child-driven organized learning. We’ve witnessed a trend where older students, particularly in their teen years, become increasingly interested in class-like study, but […]

What Is Education? If not the conventional curriculum, what do kids really need to know?

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
May 18, 2022

This is part of a series on how children learn in Self-Directed Education. It attempts to answer the question: How can children learn without teachers, classes, or homework? Go here to see an overview of the series so far. A: “Our school has no teachers, no classes, and no homework.” B: “So, the kids don’t […]

Monthly Happenings April 2022

May 4, 2022

Welcome to the Monthly Happenings! And May the 4th be with you!!! I know this is late, BUT! It’s because I have a super good reason. We had an amazing gala and a week-long camping trip. And man, oh man, it was one heck of a month, to say the least. There is so much […]