More than a few times this week, various folks have mentioned how comfortable and contented the kids seem while at Deep Root Center. I honestly take it for granted that they are relaxed and happy. And that they automatically feel ownership of this space and their individual needs. It is by design, after all. Nevertheless, I often forget how utterly extraordinary that really is.
We know that play, interest, and enjoyment boost authentic learning, not pressure (coercion), fear, and rote memorization. When kids (and teens) are free to navigate their environment by playing and following their curiosities, exploring and discovering the things that resonate with each of them personally, they are not only intimately connected to their learning as natural scientists, they keenly understand the world around them, and they are happy. (see Neil deGrasse Tyson's take on this idea here and here.)
Yet, somehow, we are still attached to archaic control-based methodologies as our default educational system - which makes so many children (especially those of us who are neurodivergent) feel uncomfortable, out of sync, stuck, and ultimately unhappy.
Enjoy these few highlights from both Centers this past week.
Just in time for the Holidays - DRC has two merch stores - Bonfire and Printify where you can get all your DRC Swag. What a fun way to support DRC and do your Holiday Shopping.
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