It should not surprise us (those of us that work in self-directed learning centers) that self-confidence is born and bolstered by providing a safe, supportive, and compassionate educational environment, where self-determination is expected. It is one of those happy side effects, we are discovering, that presents itself very early in a student's membership when there seems to be a (almost miraculous) transformation, from nervous, anxious, and overwhelmed kid to self-possessed, engaged, and happy student, as they settle into and become an integral part the DRC community. The skills that I am the most proud of fostering at Deep Root Center are the poise, ingenuity, kindness, and courage exhibited daily by our student members, because it takes confidence to . . .
. . . take charge of your entire learning plan. . . . say, “no”, to an adult's suggestion. . . . paint a whole wall with your own original design. . . . research something that may be controversial and present everything you learned to a group who may not be completely open to the idea. . . . meet the newest adult volunteer at the door and invite them to see the "arcade' you made from cardboard boxes and paper. . . . discuss important issues and topics with the adult staff and facilitators as an equal. . . .have a point of view that differs from those around you. . . . speak up and take action when you see or hear something that is not okay. . . . play classic rock tunes on your fiddle, Irish drum, and conga drum. . . . change your mind. . . . be an individual surrounded by a flock of sheep. . . . say, “I am sorry” and “I was wrong,” because it takes confidence to own your mistakes. , , , create a goal and follow through by adapting it as you run into difficulties or discover new concepts or interests. . . . go into the community and volunteer. . . . say, “this is who I am ---- and I like myself!”
This is DRC in a nutshell, and, I am so very honored to witness the wild and crazy, creative, sparking energy that over-flows this place and infects all who enter with a sense of amazing possibilities.
DRC NEWS Are you: Feeling frustrated with traditional school? Itching to follow your interests? Seeking opportunities to be yourself in a world of sameness? Sick of trying to fit in? Contact DRC today to learn how to join our group of inspiring individual learners.