Empowering Youth with Community-Centered, Self-Directed Education

Alison SnieckusUncategorized

The Alliance for Self-Directed Education is working to unify the many varying alternatives to traditional school that offer programs based on self-directed learning, an alternative to the curriculum-based approach offered in traditional schools. This video sorts the programs into three broad categories. In our learning cooperatives, we use the community-centered approach, which the video describes as “unschooling together”. As with all of the programs described in the video, at the core of our program is choice and control over one’s learning — youth are trusted to explore and discover their interests, either individually or with others in the community. The adults in the center offer support and guidance, helping our members “develop and manage their own educational paths.”

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