Village Learning Center

Democracy - Community - Pursuit of Happiness

The Village Sudbury School is democratically run by students and staff. Students pursue whatever subjects interest them, in groups or individually, and learn informally along the way -- even as they play.

FAQ: How can self-directed learning work, if all they want to do is play video games?

Thanks to Philly Free School for sharing this article by Sheila Baranoski (excerpt below)

"'Easy for you to say unschooling works,' someone told me. 'Your kids are interested in academic things. You don’t know my kids. If I unschooled, all my kids would do is play video games all day.'

To which I can only laugh. Because, you see, I could spin it two ways. I could tell you that before my son decided to learn Japanese, he read about how long-term and short-term memory works, and came up with a plan based on his research. I could tell you how my teenage boys have been to three different symphonies, and enjoyed them all. I could mention the programming they’ve worked with. I could tell you how well they work in the family business.

Or I could tell you that all they want to do is play video games.

Both versions of the story would be true. Because they are such avid video game players, they have pursued interests that came from their passion in video games, but their core passion remains video games."

Read the rest of the article HERE