Holistic purpose driven education differs from the traditional compulsory education in many ways. Here is a quick overview of the reasoning behind why we don’t do some traditional features of other schools:
Give Grades: Grades are an extrinsic and fear based motivator used to compel students to learn certain content long enough for a test or to produce formulaic content in the way requested by the teacher. Grades give students a proverbial glass ceiling of achievement and additionally demotivates self-directed learning and personal motivation. Grades limit a child’s sense of ownership and teach the goal is getting approval, not wisdom & experience.
Assign Homework: Students who have a love of learning naturally will spend lots of time learning outside of school hours. They are learning from additional experiences, family dynamics, following their own interests, etc. Older students start having independent study and projects that they may continue outside of school time, by choice.
Require Standardized (National) Testing: Standardized testing gives parents zero information about what their children know and don’t know. There is no functional use for the family or student in government mandated testing. Instead, we suggest Diagnostic Testing at the parent’s discretion. And even better, and our primary method is to observe and record as students participate in work/activities at school. Progress is recorded on the students’ individual evaluations.
Heavily Technology Use: The technology industry is developing tools at a rapid pace, some is very exciting and some is causing concern for families. Having quality, in-person experiences will always be important for child/human development.
Have an 8:30am to 3:30pm, 5 days a week, school schedule: Reducing the number of hours children are way from their families enables parents to have more time to build relationships with their children. It also allows students more time to pursue their talents and interests without over scheduling and causing undo stress. Children learn better when they have plenty of unscheduled time and their learning time is special. This prevents both student and teacher burnout.