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Students who found an alternative, explaining school vs. North Star
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Students who found an alternative, explaining school vs. North Star

From Bay State learning Cooperative:

"Our program is is based on the model pioneered by Ken Danford at North Star Teens in Hadley, MA, so we decided to go out to North Star and interview the students about their experiences with self-directed learning in a program like this. The footage we got speaks for itself, and this video is only a fraction of the total footage we got.

The atmosphere of the place was the exact opposite of the average high school, both staff and students were happy to be there, engaged in things they wanted to be doing and the vaguely depressed tension of most public schools was completely absent. It really got us more fired up than ever to get BSLC up and running."

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(Also, check out Ken Danford's TEDx talk about North Star, "School is Optional")

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