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Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School? A review of Blake Boles' new book

by Aaron Browder, Open School OC staff
May 16, 2020

The writer Blake Boles has long been a luminary in the world of Self-Directed Education, having published books such as College Without High School and Better Than College. Now he’s published a new book: Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?, which is a sure upgrade for the arsenals of SDE advocates. College […]

What Are Teachers Good For?

by Aaron Browder, Open School OC staff
May 12, 2020

Teachers (as in those who help others learn, not as in classroom managers or childcare workers) are often helpful. But not nearly to the extent that most people think they are. My first experiences with teaching were, like so many people’s, in the context of mandatory education with grades and tests. And, like so many […]

Learning Through Play Quotes

May 5, 2020

People who work closely with children have always know that children learn primarily through play, rather than instruction or disciplined study. More recently, the scientific establishment has come to agree that free play is an essential and integral part of how children learn. Following are a few quotes from wise men and women who were […]

Why Self-Directed Learning?

by Tay Arrow, Open School TV staff
March 28, 2020

Why would kids want to have a say in what they’re learning? Why would they want to define their own learning style? Why would they want to have input into the rules of their school? Why would they want to be a part of a restorative justice system that upholds those rules? Why would kids […]

Character Education Matters Character skills are a better predictor of success than academics.

by Aaron Browder, Open School OC staff
March 11, 2020

Character skills have become a hot topic among educators in recent years. The modern character education movement kicked off with Carol Dweck’s Mindset in 2006, followed by Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed in 2012 and Angela Duckworth’s Grit in 2016. All three topped the bestseller lists, and continue to inspire countless school programs aimed at […]

The Educational Value of Video Games

by Aaron Browder, Open School OC staff
March 2, 2020

No, I don’t mean educational video games, like the ones your local public school lets their students play in math class, in which players have to solve multiplication problems to help some frog get across the road or something. I mean the kinds of video games your kids are always begging you to buy for […]

Exploring Zephyr Mountain Grove

by Tay Arrow, Open School TV staff
February 24, 2020

We walked up the northern road to an undeveloped portion of the land, where native grasses and manzanita are speckled with inviting granite boulders. I climbed a cluster of boulders with my 6 year old. The rocks were warm in the afternoon sun, and the hills smelled of white sage and orange flowers. The other […]

Children Are Born Creative

by Aaron Browder, Open School OC staff
February 19, 2020

In 1968, NASA hired Dr. George Land and Beth Jarman to develop a test that could measure the creative potential of NASA’s scientists and engineers. They came up with a test for divergent thinking, which is the ability to look at a particular problem and propose multiple solutions. This test had no right answers, but […]

Worldschooling at the Carlsbad Tide Pools

by Tay Arrow, Open School TV Staff
February 14, 2020

The fish was still flopping in the sand, right at the top edge of the tide line. It was about the size of my forearm, silver and glittering in the Southern Californian afternoon sun. “We have to save it!” shouted one of the girls. There was a chorus of agreement, and we ran down to […]

Sardines in an Age-Mixed Environment

by Eric Barajas, Open School staff
February 9, 2020

Throughout the past few months, I have spent at least two days of the week at the Open School of Temecula Valley. Since I have now experienced the equivalency of a semester there, I have begun to reflect on my observations and would like to share one of them. For a large period of the […]