Some go on to trade schools or get further training for jobs they are interested in. Some go into the arts, some are craftsmen, some take a little time out to travel, and some start their own businesses. But our graduates find and work at what they want to do.
I followed the rules, and I was a high achiever.
If you watch young children play, you will notice that they create games, characters, situations, whole worlds in which they immerse themselves with intense concentration.
Whenever culture has gone through a radical change, as ours has - from industrial age to information age - there are people who will deny that things have changed; they resist it and refuse to change.
Educators are still spending way too much time trying to control what kids learn, bending the content to their own purposes, hoping beyond hope to change - by using technology - but not change too much.
Just the concept of personal freedom within a democracy, for instance, is a relatively young idea - only about 300 years old in this country.
But, if you observe children learning in their first few years of life, you can see that they can and do learn on their own - we leave them alone to crawl, walk, talk, and gain control over their bodies. It happens without much help from parents.
Kids are finding out about the potential for discovery online from other sources; many of them have computers at home, for instance, or their friends have them.
And they understand that to be an effective member of a democracy, you have to accept responsibility.
I'm not too worried about that. I am a big believer in modeling.
When kids play, they are working on imagining the kind of world we live in.
In traditional schools, you're penalized for making a mistake. But that won't work in the new information culture, in the digital world we live in today.
So, I see technology as a Trojan Horse: It looks like a wonderful thing, but they are going to regret introducing it into the schools because it simply can't be controlled.
We've been doing this here since 1968, so we have been identified as an example of a free, democratic school, and many professors want to expose their students to our philosophy.
You can't make someone learn something - you really can't teach someone something - they have to want to learn it. And if they want to learn, they will.
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