I’m not too worried about that. I am a big believer in modeling.
I think people with open minds will observe the way we do things and realize that our goal is to have successful, happy, productive adults, and they will take our ideas and implement them elsewhere for their own children.
I followed the rules, and I was a high achiever.
We’ve been doing this here since 1968, so we have been identified as an example of a free, democratic school, and many professors want to expose their students to our philosophy.
Quite a few, actually, are involved in education. They have had the same experience Hanna and I had: when they started having their own kids, they didn’t want them to have a poor educational experience; they wanted them to enjoy school.
Educators are still spending way too much time trying to control what kids learn, bending the content to their own purposes, hoping beyond hope to change – by using technology – but not change too much.
I’ll tell you what the real problem is: These people are working under the assumption that they know better about what is good for kids, what kids need to learn to get ahead in this world.
You can’t make someone learn something – you really can’t teach someone something – they have to want to learn it. And if they want to learn, they will.