TEXT SUMMARY OF MINI LESSON 4
The path through a traditional school is usually fairly straight forward. To graduate you need to complete a set of classes and receive an adequate grade in those classes. The sequence of classes, when you can take them, the way the classes are taught, the content of the classes, who you learn from and who you learn with, are pretty much known in advance. For the most part you can create a checklist of what classes you need to take to graduate.
The advantages of having a checklist are mainly in favor of the school itself. It doesn't need to know much about each individual student. It just needs to know where they stand in reference to the checklist of requirements.
There are some advantages to the student. One, you don't have to think too hard about your path to graduation. Just follow the map and check off the classes as you complete them. Two, everyone else is doing the same thing so you won't have to worry about standing out. Just get in line and do as they say. Soon enough you will have graduated.
Ok. Maybe those don't sound exactly like advantages. I mean, if that is the way you want to complete your high school career, you are probably in the wrong place. U.school is probably not the right place for you.
We do things a little bit differently.
We don't have a checklist. We don't have a map.
We think it is more important for you to have a say in the content and sequence of what you learn.
We think it is more important to make choices about who you learn with and who you learn from.
We think it makes more sense for you to follow your curiosity and passion and interests and goals than to follow a checklist made by a committee that doesn't know anything about you.
We want you to go on a Learning Journey. And a Learning Journey makes unexpected twists and turns. A Learning Journey is driven by the learner. A Learning Journey is not about the destination, it's about the ... well ... it's about the Journey.