"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of education have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty."
-Albert Einstein on traditional education.
People who value liberty and free thinking and acting need to take a second look at what schools they put their kids in. Our generations learn a lot more than facts from our education. We spend 10 -20 years of our formative years in an educational environment form 7-4 pm five days a week plus homework. We learn how to think, relationship to authority, values, and our experience of our relationship to others, ourselves and the world all heavily influenced by education. More and more there has been a growing dissatisfaction with mainstream education obedience tactics and a hyper-focus on standardized testing. There are many new and not so new emerging approaches to teaching and learning not typically found in mainstream or traditional education that are popping up around the world. These are called Alternative education, or non-traditional education. Examples include independent schools like Montessori,,Waldorf, democratic or free schools, Sudbury schools, open classroom schools, those based on experiential education and schools using an international curriculum. Also there is home-based learning, home schooling and home-school coops.While the approaches vary, still there is usually emphasis on small class sizes, more self direction, close relationships between students and teachers, natural/non-coercive learning, catering to multiple intelligence and facilitation of different learning styles, and a stronger sense of community than typically found in traditional education.
Virtual Education Tools & Resources
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere". The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization's website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. -Wikipedia
THE RON PAUL CURRICULUM
Ron Paul has developed a homeschool curriculum and program specifically to give people a rigerous academic education that prepares them for life success while gaining the world view of and values for liberty and freemarket economy. "
It is the only video-based, self-taught, reading-intensive, writing-intensive, online homeschool program that provides a systematic defense of limited government and the free market economy."
If you wish to have public school education completely outside of the public schools, Connections Academy schools are tuition-free, fully accredited online public schools for students in grades K–12. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. The courses meet and exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best public school texts, materials, and resources available.
open education consortium
OpenCourseWare is an initiative put on by MIT back in 2002. The OpenCourseWare Consortium partnered with a number of universities to bring free education to the masses via the internet. OpenCourseWare aggregates courses from over 22 universities in the US alone, including MIT, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, and the University of Michigan. Subjects range from business and economics to architecture and physics and more. Most of the audio or video lectures you will find here are free, and under open licenses.
"Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning." This is a great resource for text-based courses. It offers vast numbers of textbook-like resources, an organized in a tree, for subjects and you can even contribute your projects or research to the wiki as well. Courses can provide you with course content and lessons, links to Wikibooks, other sites and online textbooks from universities.
Alternative Education Resources
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION RESOURCE ORGANIZATION
This organization has a comprehensive directory of non-traditional schools and alternative education organizations for every state in the US.
Montessori education developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori, is one of the most well known names in alt. Ed. This approach, as opposed to public school education, emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements:
- Mixed age classrooms
- Student choice of activity from within given options
- Uninterrupted blocks of work time, three hours is ideal
- A constructivist or "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
- Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori
- Freedom of movement within classroom
- Teacher trained in Montessori approach to child development
Waldorf (Steiner) education is a humanistic approach to pedagogy based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Individual teachers and schools have a great deal of autonomy in determining curriculum content, teaching methodology and governance. Qualitative assessments of student work are integrated into the daily life of the classroom, with quantitative testing playing a minimal role in primary education and standardized testing usually limited to that required for college entry. The overarching goal is to develop free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence.
AWSNA is generally the HUB of Waldorf schools. They provide, outreach and advocacy, accreditation and school support services, professional development activities, research and publications to schools.
school licensing exemption
PRIVATE SCHOOL licensing exemption consulting
Despite what most people belief about starting a school, there are little known procedures for obtaining exemptions from licensing requirements. We have successfully helped multiple Educational Institutions with licensing exemption; saving schools thousands of dollars in time and labor complying with blanket policies stifling progress and the discernment of faculty and staff. Our costs are a fraction of the cost associated with getting and remaining in compliance with Licensing an institution. We will take most cases and only charge you if successful. For assistance, contact Frontier Liberty Staff and read more about our other consulting services in our services page.
School immunization exemptions
Many parents are coerced into immunization by schools without knowing what they can do. There are exemption procedures for all states. Each state has their own criteria for vaccination exemptions. The map below provides a legend outlining which states provide for exemptions from vaccination and which exemptions are offered. Click on the map to be taken to an interactive map where you can select your state and access exemption forms. We offer consulting services on vaccine exemption. If you would like asistance contact us via our contact page here.