Over the next few weeks, I will focus on self-directed, free-range educational philosophy - unless I get distracted (pissed off) by something and go off-topic to rant about it (like that ever happens).
Today, I start with trust.
Every child is capable (period - full-stop). Trusting that they each know themselves thoroughly and understand what they need to thrive, with the ability to seek those things out and follow through, is the foundation on which self-directed learning philosophy is built.
Our culture leads us to believe the opposite. It is ingrained in our practices and system. Kids are empty vessels meant to be filled up by adults who are keepers of knowledge. They are lazy and will do the very least they can get away with and will only do something for a reward or to avoid punishment.
Without that inherent trust in children - education becomes teacher-led, not self-directed. Though many are Progressive Educational programs, they are not the same. ( Peter Gray, a developmental psychologist, explains this concept beautifully here in this article from Psychology Today.)
This is about the point I hear all the "buts."
Weekly Creative Meditation
This week we had a few pieces of good news in terms of our fundraising efforts.
Thank you to the Potsdam Walmart for funding our Community Grant Request with a $500.00 check. We are grateful for their continued support of our programs.
Save the date: Oct. 28th from 12-6 (or until we are done) - DRC families will be holding a Jamboree at the Canton VFW to benefit DRC.
Featuring: Ron Kirkpatrick & George Dodds - with Josh & Valerie Kirkpatrick, Carter Houk, Fiddle champion, Don Woodcock, Jay Seymour, and several other NoCo musicial legends, including DRC's very own Chris Raymo and his son Christian.
The event will include a food concession, DRC kids and their Etsy store creations, a silent auction, and a Halloween Party for the younger set including a "Trunk or Treat" opportunity, face painting, an arts and crafts table and the opportunity to play with Lego, wooden blocks, and assorted toys.
If you have something you would be willing to donate for our silent auction - please let us know.
We are looking forward to partying with our NoCo friends and raising some serious dollars for DRC!
And finally some photos from the week.
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