My Street


We had a great- and very windy- time at the My Street event on Sunday!


We had the opportunity to speak to a large number of people about bringing ethical education to our community and we received a lot of enthusiasm and support. I am so excited that so many people feel so passionately about changing what education looks like in Nanaimo!


We asked our visitors to add to our list of what they wish they’d learned during their years of compulsory education. What would you add to the list?

If you missed the event but still want to share your ideas or questions, let us know! You can contact us through email at, via Facebook, or a comment on our blog.

The Danger of Back to School

“Imagine a job in which your work every day is micromanaged by your boss. You are told exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. You are required to stay in your seat until your boss says you can move.  Each piece of your work is evaluated and compared, every day, with the work done by your fellow employees.  You are rarely trusted to make your own decisions.  Research on employment shows that this is not only the most tedious employment situation, but also the most stressful.  Micromanagement drives people crazy.


Kids are people, and they respond just as adults do to micromanagement, to severe restrictions on their freedom, and to constant, unsolicited evaluation.  School, too often, is exactly like the kind of nightmare job that I just described; and, worse, it is a job that kids are not allowed to quit.  No matter how much they might be suffering, they are forced to continue, unless they have enlightened parents who have the means, know-how, and will to get them out of it.  Including homework, the hours are often more than those that their parents put into their full-time jobs, and freedom of movement for children at school is far less than that for their parents at work.”

Read more here: The Danger of Back to School.

Philosophy, Facebook, and a call for help

Happy September, free learners! With all the back-to-school talk going on over social media and the stores full of school supplies, I am feeling more motivated than ever to work hard on this project and create something really amazing and something parents and children can be excited and optimistic to go “back” to!

Our first open house was a success and I am continually excited by how many people share this vision and want to see it come to life. I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard, “this is exactly what we have been looking for!” or “I’ve been waiting for something like this!”. So many people in our community are looking for an education alternative and we can finally say IT’S COMING!

One thing we’ve been working on over the past few weeks is creating a document that will outline our philosophy and guiding principles so that we can put our vision in to words and to allow everyone to know the direction in which we are heading. I am excited to say that the document is now complete and you can read it here.

The Nanaimo Free Learners is now on Facebook! You can check out our page here. Please “like” and share, so that we may reach an even broader audience!

For everyone who has emailed me and asked, “how can I help?”, listen up! We still need a couple people who are able to take on fundraising and public outreach. In order to get our project up and running and bring our vision to life, we will need both! If you have any thoughts, ideas, or if you would like to volunteer your time, please send me an email at

Thanks for checking in, everybody!