Category Archives: Visiting schools

Freedom in Education: Final Thoughts on the Grassroots Free-School

Freedom and democracy: two things that are often not used in the same breath with “education”. Yet that is what the Grassroots School in Florida stands for. I wrote a series of posts about the school and its students during … Continue reading

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Visit a School, Part 3: The French Immersion School

“Bonjour, ma chère, ca va?” Over and over I heard this phrase as students poured into the hallways from the chilly, windy morning outside. Teachers greeted their students in French, which is normal since almost all instruction, lessons, and communication … Continue reading

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My Only Experience in a Public High School, and a Call to Action

The majority of people in the United States attend some sort of school from about age six to about age eighteen. But some people don’t. Ever wonder what it might have been like to NOT go through that experience? To … Continue reading

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Grassroots: Day Five

Here is a list of book titles that were suggested to me while I was here. I skimmed the first few pages or chapters to see if they piqued my interest, so here they are! – Children: The Challenge, by … Continue reading

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Grassroots: Day 4

My morning started out with several girls from Grassroots hanging out together on the porch. They decided to eat their dessert for breakfast. And they were quite proud of “saving some for later” on their faces. I had told all … Continue reading

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Grassroots: Day 3

This morning wasn’t quite so chilly. I still had to wear a tank top, t-shirt, and sweater with jeans, but it warmed up more quickly. My six year old buddy, Nathan, kept me company again on the school porch as … Continue reading

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Grassroots: Day 2

Today I met two more teachers, Luis and Chloe. They were both very willing to share their stories about Grassroots, but Luis was pretty busy with projects all day, so I’ll talk to him more tomorrow hopefully. Chloe’s children went … Continue reading

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