I hear a lot, or rather read a lot, about changing the way we “school” our children. I hear ideas about not sorting kids by age, not being driven by bells and schedules, and about not controlling or making kids conform to traditional school rules. I have trouble wrapping my brain around ideas that are new to me unless I get to “see” how it’s being done elsewhere.
Are there schools out there where bells and schedules aren’t being used?
Are there schools out there where students aren’t sorted into grade levels based mostly on age?
Are there schools out there where rules aren’t the traditional sit and listen type rules?
Are they charter schools or regular public ed schools?
Are their budgets normal or do they get more money from somewhere?
I guess I’m looking for ideas because I don’t see how our school or district can change. Frankly, even if I get ideas it’s just to satisfy my curiosity because I bet I’m the only one here interested in such change! Please share a school you know of that isn’t traditional in the comment section.