A change is in the wind:
Many professional educators, developmental and research psychologists, and anthropologists, among others, have come to understand that the existing standard is no longer valid. Our society requires a population who ask the big questions, who are curious, self-motivated, and, above all, creative.
Students who drive their own educational choices are intrinsically motivated to seek out challenges, solve problems, and invent solutions.
Self-Directed Learning Centers and resources are becoming more accessible as this "new" concept becomes recognized as the way of the future.
Briefly mentioned in the first Daily Connection, AERO – Alternative Education Resource Organization - is Command Central for all learner centered organizations and individuals. Begun by Jerry Mintz in 1989, AERO has played an important role in the alternative school movement and holds an annual conference every year. A newsletter is sent out weekly which includes links and articles about alternative education.