Raising Free People
What we've been reading, watching, and thinking about at Alpine Valley School this week.
This powerful video "Raising Free People" comes to us from a TED talk given by one of the founders of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education (and co-founder of a Sudbury School). Her passion for raising children free of coercion is infectious - we loved watching this video this week.
Another resource we loved this week was an article by the same Alliance for Self-Directed education entitled: “What If They Just…” This article answers the question we get all the time about how students may choose to spend their time (e.g. “what if they just play video games). We’ve answered this question before in our own way, but it’s nice to have the perspective of a whole group of educators adding to the trustful chorus as well. Here's the opening line from this article to get you started: "Maybe it isn’t that school is so structured because kids are incapable, but that kids seem incapable because we only see what they are doing in schools that are so structured."
The writings of John Holt have always been a source of inspiration for us, so we were inspired to share this particular quote on our Instagram page this week. We know that children are going to grow up to be who they are going to be, and we need to let them. That doesn't mean there shouldn't be rules (there definitely are) but that we shouldn't try to "mold" them and instead allow them to unfold in a way that is natural for them, while living in a community that supports each individual and takes care of everyone.