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First, they have CHOICE.

They can explore and study real-world problems that impact their lives or the lives of people they care about. When students are passionate, they dig deep and dream big. They don’t let obstacles become deterrents to solutions. And that mindset is innate to students who attend democratic schools. With the ability to structure their own schedules and the option to focus solely on one subject, students can move beyond superficial exploration and understanding.

Many of my favorite TedTalks are by kids in other parts of the world where education isn’t formalized, but where issues that we take for granted like clean water, access to food, and electricity are still daily struggles. These kids see problems all around them. Some are courageous enough to find solutions. One of my favorites is Richard Turere who grew up in Kenya and at age 15 created a flashing LED light system that deters lions from getting near villages and livestock without the need to kill them. Simple, effective, and easy t

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Empowering Students to Tackle Real-World Problems

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In recent years, we’ve seen a movement to participate in social change by K-12 students. Whether they are raising money to support a cause, finding solutions to problems in their environment, or actively participating in organizations and government, students are asking to have a hand in making their world better.

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How self-directed learning impacts volunteering

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One neat perk of self-directed learning is that students discover who they are and where they “fit in.” Knowing their niche can help them give back to others because they are self-aware of their strengths, weaknesses, and interests. For example, one professor and researcher noted three types of citizens:

  1. Personally responsible citizens who like to help people they know, such as donating blood.
  2. Participatory citizens are involved in community projects, like beautifying the streets.
  3. Justice-oriented citizens help invent solutions to the problems in society, such as how to house and provide necessities for incoming refugees.

With this knowledge, our school can help students find their passion, get involved early, and change the world!

 

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How Self-Directed Learning Makes Your Child A Better Contributor to Society

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Makarios School is composed of intelligent and creative interest-directed learners, who get to decide how and when to learn. Our missionis to equip those students to be confident lifelong learners who will positively contribute to our society.

 

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Make Your Child A Better Contributor to Society

Makarios School is composed of intelligent and creative interest-directed learners, who get to decide how and when to learn. Our missionis to equip those students to be confident lifelong learners who will positively contribute to our society.

 

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Nomadic Wilderness as a Relational Model of Healing Substance Use

I have worked in a multitude of treatment settings from sober living communities, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, a university, and most recently found myself in a new container: the wilderness. I assumed that this treatment modality would be similar to the other environments I have worked in, only, it was doing therapy out in the woods. It had been a long time since I thought about how being outside unquestionably impacted my childhood. However, it didn't take long for me to remember just how profound a connection to the wilderness can be. I see this vital relationship to the outdoors forming in my students, and I know that they are learning so much from it, just as I have.

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How Self-Directed Learning Makes Your Child A Better Contributor to Society

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Makarios School is composed of intelligent and creative interest-directed learners, who get to decide how and when to learn. Our missionis to equip those students to be confident lifelong learners who will positively contribute to our society.

 

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The Makarios Path to Self-Directed Learning

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Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs is an excellent example of the “upside-down” educational approach that we employ at Makarios Community School. Just as an individual must build upon earlier foundations of physiological well-being, safety, belonging and self-esteem to reach the pinnacle of self-actualization, there are building blocks to becoming an autonomous, self-directed lifelong learner.

 

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Supporting At-Risk Students

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Not long ago “at-risk youth” could be defined as a young person exposed to a daily onslaught of gangs, drugs, and violence within a single-parent, low income demographic.  According to the organization: At Risk Youth Programs, behaviors that result in “dangerous lifestyles” are often the result of stress that kids experience.  In recent years we have seen a shift in demographics of at-risk youth.  With the stress of school, extra-curricular activities, learning differences, and ever increasing mandates to test and measure progress, our kids are being medicated and go to therapy to “normalize” outcomes.  As a result, our education system in America has created an entire population of at-risk youth from every demographic!

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Your child is college-ready when he/she is confident in who they are.

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We are most like the people we surround ourself with. And the people around us define who we are by building up our character or tearing us down to pieces. When your child has self-confidence, they will be college-ready! Why? Because they will have strength of character, conviction about decisions, wisdom, and self-recognition of personal strengths and weaknesses.

With confidence, your young adult can courageously know what they want to do in life, can follow their passions and desires, and can ultimately change the world. You know that feeling, like when you’re on top of the world wearing your Superman cape...the ultimate level of confidence leads you to greater things and a greater self!

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