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This morning I re-read an article on unschooling by Molly Worthen titled, "When You Get Into Unschooling, It's Almost Like a Religion: The movement might help us deal with the problems posed by remote learning," from The New York Times.
Core values of unschooling include following children's natural curiosity and questions, doing away with textbooks and tests, and stripping away even the school building itself. If this sounds like Synapse it is no coincidence. The belief of the movement, and of our school, is that students don't need to be externally motivated to learn. As a school without grades or standard assessments, we know this to be true and see this at Synapse every day.
"All of these exceptional young people are about to step up and step out into a world that has become more complex and more uncertain than any of us could have imagined. But these kids are now equipped to be change makers, using their minds and their hearts like super powers - which they have learned and earned - in order to make positive change in a world that desperately needs it right now. These students have arrived just in time."
Each day over the past two months, I have felt like we are in a slow moving fire drill. Like all drills, we take them seriously, but we know there is very little threat in the moment. That's why, when doing drills on our campus, it's hard to keep all the kids quiet and some of the staff from lapsing into complacency. It's a drill after all, not the real thing.
But this isn't a drill - we are in the real thing.