The Independent Project

What do you get when you unleash the opportunity for kids to be inspired? When you get out of the way and let them realize just how exciting learning can be? As I watched the following video (made by one of the teen participants!), I found myself vacillating among excitement that this is yet more proof that inspiring learning is the way to go, frustration that I had not had the same opportunity myself in high school, and just a touch of future worry–will I have the courage to allow my own kids the same opportunities–tomorrow and 10 years from now.

You can also read a NY Times piece about the Independent Project called “Let Kids Rule the School.”

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4 responses to “The Independent Project

  1. Myra

    ToriAnn, I love your blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to post all these wonderful things! They are such a help to me, and I’m sure to many others as well! So practical, useful and inspiring!! Thanks ToriAnn!

  2. Dani

    This is awesome! It does really make me wonder how I — as the personality type for whom the school system seemed tailor-made — would have behaved if I had been in such a situation. I think it would have been a huge challenge for me to work outside the structure I was used to, but it could have been very rewarding if I’d stuck it out.

    Anyway, this reminds me of a This American Life that I heard a while ago called “Kid Politics.” One of the segments in the show reported on the The Brooklyn Free School, a school with a similar kids-in-charge approach.

  3. Dani

    PS – That one lady must have had a realllllly cold neck.

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