A New Way to Learn?
I have always had an interest in how schools engage students in their course work in order for them to get the most out of what they are learning. But at Sudbury Valley School, the students aren’t put into multiple classes that may or may not play a role in their future. It doesn’t matter if someone has a learning disorder or if they struggle doing certain things. At Sudbury, kids actually get to learn to do whatever they have passion for, and develop learning skills as they delve deeper into their subject of choice. They believe that students do learn by doing things ‘hands on’ and when they are genuinely interested in something, that motivation gives them the drive to learn and explore–whether it is through playing with planes or riding a unicycle. And with the skills they gain by mastering whatever they choose to do, they go into the future.
I think some can relate – I have always had moments that I felt that there were other things I would rather focus on in school instead of the subject at hand, but I knew that the curriculum would never allow things that stray from the core courses they believed were necessary to be successful in the future. In my opinion, this idea may actually help people who don’t do well in the structured setting of traditional schools. It also gives them the chance to truly focus and enjoy things that fascinate them-who wouldn’t want to learn about something they choose?
What do you guys think? Do you think that this way of learning will open up opportunities for people, or will it eventually create problems? Will they lack skills that are developed in the conventional school setting?
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