Our Seven Assumptions
- School is optional. You can, for example, be educated (and go to college) without a conventional High School diploma. Most of human history and millions of Homeschoolers worldwide should suggest this is true.
- Learning and curiosity are natural for all humans. So long as we’re in an environment of mutual consent, with the opportunity to express ourselves, and we have a sense of purpose or importance, it is not necessary for extrinsic motivation to be delivered by trained professionals in order to prevent teens from being perpetually idle.
- Teaching is more a function than it is a profession. The search for truth, meaning, and importance is yours alone, and as you continue on this quest, teachers and mentors will appear.
- Just because a student complies doesn’t mean they are engaged; just because they can recite data doesn’t mean they’ve gained knowledge or wisdom; their grade, whether high or low, is not a reflection of their capacity.
- A teenager is not a child. They are ready for real responsibility. Suggesting that they, for example, should be required to obtain written permission to use the bathroom is a humiliating affront to their dignity. The same goes with force-feeding Shakespeare and algebra.
- An underdeveloped prefrontal cortex (the biological reason why teenagers are impulsive) is as much a gift as it is a curse. Teenagers are built that way for a reason. Risk-taking is good. Danger is good. Adventure is good. You don’t get to be old and wise unless you are young and dumb. Cutting teens off from adventure produces adults who are timid and neurotic.
- “Education” is not something that only happens in certain places at certain times with certain people. Lifelong learning happens no matter what. Independent thought and action is our human right.