Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Visiting the Village Free School
One element of this class is traveling to alternative educational centers around Portland, learn about the different models, and somehow incorporate a pedagogical element into our own residency projects. Last week we visited the Village Free School in SE Portland. In the picture above, Paul is telling us that the school operates on three overlapping principles: freedom, democracy, and community. Here, the school maintains a noncercive education; anything the students do, they choose to do. There is no standard curriculum, instead, the staff helps the students find their passions and develop those as naturally as possible. Also, the students have an equal vote with the staff and the parents in deciding any rules and decisions for those school. This model was interesting to say the least and we have had many conversations since then about ideals and if there is value in learning something you don't want to learn.