Educational Philosophy

A Simpler Model Is Not Always Best by Jeff Sandefer

We often contrast Acton Academy’s “Learn to Learn; Learn to Do and Learn to Be” goals with the “Learn to Know” approach favored by traditional schools. Recently I realized our view of traditional schools is incomplete.  The full mantra is more accurately stated as: “Learn to Know; Learn to Obey.” In most traditional environments young …

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Girl's outside in garden learning about aspects of a hero's journey.

Do!

Making, doing, tinkering, creating. At Acton Academy, we call this “learning to do.” It is the path to relevant learning and is the cornerstone of our curriculum creation. One of my favorite spontaneous projects that happened at school this past year is when Arrows continued one of our quests, which included making a shelter, and …

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