I am so happy to get this blog up and running and to use it as a way to connect with families in our area and to keep everyone up-to-date on the development of Nanaimo’s first ethical, non-coercive and child-led education center- otherwise known as a free school!
If you are a homeschooling parent, unschooling parent, or if you are the parent of a child in a conventional school and find yourself thinking, “this can’t be right!” then you may be interested in staying up-to-date with our plans and ideas to create a place for a radical and paradigm-shifting education experience. The cornerstone of our “school” is the belief that children’s natural-born curiosity is the most effective and important catalyst in a true and lasting education. We believe that children have the ability and right to direct their own education and to learn what interests them at their own pace, without outside interference and with unlimited time, respect and trust.
Our program will be the first school of its kind in our community. Free schools are unique alternatives to mainstream education, offering children flexibility, creativity, independence, and the right to have control over their educational journey. Children will be trusted with full educational freedom; each will decide what to do (or not to do), how to do it, and when to change what they’re doing. They can adapt their lives to their own personal interests, goals, and learning styles. Children and youth will learn together in an ungraded, multi-age setting. When assistance or direction is desired by the individual, knowledgeable, resourceful, and respectful staff will be available to help guide them on their quest to know more.
This project is still in it’s infancy and we are actively seeking supporters and co-founders that can help make the dream a reality. If you share our passion for ethical education and children’s rights in education, we want to hear from you!