Lauren was part of the original pilot. Brave soul.
Here Lauren is sharing some of the projects we did with Hamza and Paul:
Here she is receiving some letters from the street project:
And here she is reading some of them:
The following year, when kids decided that hardly any of them had an intense passion for school math, and that perhaps they should learn per passion, a small group decided to learn spanish in the lab. Through that experience, we learned two huge things.
1) Self-directed learning per passion – isn’t about no structure, it’s about self-structure.
2) Even if kids are wanting to learn, say spanish, the curricular demands of a required credit trump. So with that directive, perhaps the experts in the classroom are the best place to get those credits. [We do believe, many teachers would be happier and offer students more, if they themselves weren’t bound by the curricular demands. We think many of their creative spirits are being squelched as well.]
Other findings from failings.