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Children learn naturally (without schooling)

Children learn naturally (without schooling)

The modern schooling system is known to prevent people from acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today's world.

Before children start school, they learn at a mind-blowing speed. They learn how to walk, run, jump and climb. They become fluent in one or more languages and use those languages to assert their will, argue, ask questions, be funny, make friends, and make sense of their world.

They manage to do all this without any curriculum, tests, grades, or schooling structure. However, when we introduce a school structure, children's learning decrease dramatically.

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Schools kill the curiosity drive

Schools teach children that learning is work. Children are told to "do what you are told."

School is not an environment that promotes exploration and discovery but is set for indoctrination.

Instead of following their curiosity, students learn to jump through hoops and check off boxes...

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The Sudbury Valley Model of Education

Sudbury Valley is a private day school founded by Daniel Greenberg located in a semi-rural part of Massachusetts. He wondered why there couldn't be an educational system that helps students develop passionate interests and then pursue those interests.

So Greenberg founded s...

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How the Sadbury Valey Model works

  • Children educate themselves.
  • The school establishes no curriculum, gives no tests, and does not rank or evaluate students.
  • The school is a democratic community. Students and staff members operate on a one-person-per-vote basis, regardless of ...

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Curiosity: The drive to explore and understand

Curiosity: The drive to explore and understand

Hundreds of studies conducted with children show that they gaze longer at new scenes than familiar ones. They look longer at events that they find intriguing and lose interest as soon as there is nothing new to learn from it.

Children are relentlessly drawn toward anything that runs counter...

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Dr. Peter Gray
“Children don’t like school because to them school is—dare I say it—prison. Children don’t like school because, like all human beings, they crave freedom, and in school, they are not free.”

DR. PETER GRAY

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The educative instinct

The educative instinct

Children are instinctively predisposed to educate themselves. Watch any child left alone with an iPhone, and you can see the drive to self-education.

Learning drives are:

  • Curiosity drives the child to know what the apparatus is, how it works, and...

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Dr. peter gray

“The school system has directly and indirectly, often unintentionally, fostered an attitude in society that children learn and progress primarily by doing tasks that are directed and evaluated by adults, and that children’s own activities are wasted time.”

DR. PETER GRAY

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Schools kill the playfulness drive

Schools kill the playfulness drive

The limitations of school:

  • Children are confined to a largely unchanging environment.
  • They are not free to pursue their interests in self-directed ways.
  • Children are continuously evaluated so that instead of exploring, discovering, and failing, they lea...

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Schools kill the sociability drive

School teaches selfishness, not sociability.

When students are evaluated for their learning and compared to other students, they learn to only look out for themselves.

If you have the drive to share information and ideas, you're not allowed to bring them into school. ...

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Sociability: The drive to share information and ideas

Education is cultural transmission. That is how each new generation acquires and builds upon the skills, knowledge, lore, and values.

Without sociability, there's no education. Without sociability, you eliminate the two most important forms of learning:

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Free play

Free play

Free play is play in which the players decide what and how to play and are free to change the goal and rules as they go along.

Free play is how children learn to structure their own behaviour.

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Playfulness: The drive to practice and create

Playfulness: The drive to practice and create

After the curiosity drive leads a child to a new toy or situation, playfulness takes over. Without that curiosity, we wouldn't try out anything new. Without playfulness, we wouldn't become skilful at anything.

Research found that the shift from exploration to play is one from a focused seri...

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Albert Einstein

It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail...

ALBERT EINSTEIN

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Unschooling

Unschooling is not schooling. Unschooling parents do not send their children to school. At home, children are not bogged down by a curriculum, do not require particular assignments for the purpose of education, and do not test their children to measure progress.

Instead, they allow their ch...

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