Posts by Juliet English

Freedom in Learning: Part 2

I’m sure you’ll be familiar with the following story – it may vary on some details, but the message is the same. A teacher walks into a classroom and sets a glass jar on the table. He silently places some fist-sized rocks in the jar until no more can fit. He asks the class if the jar is full and they all agree that it is. He then pulls out a pile of small pebbles, and adds them to the jar, shaking it slightly until they fill the spaces between the rocks. He asks again, “Is the jar full?” The
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Freedom in Learning: Part 1

As human beings, we are amazingly created.  Unlike any other kind of living being, humans are somehow able to assess problems, use our environment, create solutions, and invent things that improve and enrich our lives.  Our brains are designed to learn through our experiences, through our senses, and without anyone telling us to.  It is in our nature to learn, to explore, to investigate, to test, to push boundaries.  And for centuries, and millennia, humans were doing this, in spite of the fact that schools only existed for a small percentage of privileged individuals.  Somehow, today, we’ve been led to
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