Learning Outpost made their second visit to Boda Borg in Malden on Thursday. As the adult member of our group of four, I was so impressed with the students’ teamwork and unqualified support of each other. We made excellent progress in a very difficult physical challenge and the positive feeling as we walked out, not to mention the pride of the physical exertion, felt like a badge of honor. It was also great for the students to see the adult not as the de facto expert in a situation, but as someone that required just as much help as the next person, if not more. I think the experience will stay with the four of us for a long time.
The New York Times article in the Sunday review addresses a topic that should be at the forefront of parents’ minds. Our modern education system is causing an epidemic of anxiety in our youth, and saddling them with a legacy of stress, depression and other health problems. How can any student be expected to enjoy learning, retain information and think critically when he can barely keep his head above water? And this is occuring at all age levels.This article discusses a few schools that are taking measures to counteract these effects and discovering some unexpected benefits.
In creating #LearningOutpost in #Newburyport I am offering students an alternative path to achievement that does not compromise their health and future potential. I believe that an important step is to stop endlessly comparing students to each other and let them take control of their education.
With the advent of the new year, I’d like to start blogging regularly about things I’ve been reading, education, physical fitness and whatever else strikes me as pertinent to life at Learning Outpost. It has been such an inspiration to work with my #selfdirected students and it makes me look at many things with a new eye.
I recently took out a subscription to the Wall Street Journal to support our #wallstreetwarrior project with #BrandtWealthManagement in #Newburyport. The students are investing a virtual $10,000 in the stock market. . . it’s a great opportunity to learn about the financial world. But there are lots of interesting articles in the WSJ on a variety of topics. Came across this article the other day about a #WaldorfSchool in Arizona that is technology free:
The article discusses the “digital divide” and how many lower income families do not realize how harmful the effects of technology can be on their children’s development. This is a subject I feel very strongly about but often feel I am a Luddite fighting against the tide. Throughout my children’s #homeschooling experience, we have used very little technology, especially in the early years. Although the internet was invaluable to me for researching curricula and connecting with other classical homeschoolers, I didn’t see much use for it in our day-to-day studies. I found it fascinating (and not very surprising) that the technology-free Waldorf school could easily discern which students had been ODing on technology at home.
Give it a read if you get a chance!