Students as Independent Learners. Really?

This NY Times opinion piece about students in the Independent Project at a Massachusetts high school is inspiring and an example of what can happen when students are given more control over their own education and learning. The project is described more in detail here:

Could this be one answer to reforming education or does its success depend on the school, the kids, the situation? Pamela Stubbart raises some good questions about the project and it’s significance over at her “This Field is Required” blog. I think she has some valid concerns that need to be explored further.

How does giving students the power to design their own learning change the way they behave, learn, succeed?

Could this kind of learning create more work-ready, independent, creative, competent adults?

What do you think? Could your school make this work on a larger scale?

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About Deb Hanson

Always a learner...an endless seeker... educator, biologist, dreamer, innovator, mom, wife... Located in Portland, OR.
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