To the Editor:
In response to “Real Teachers” April 30-May 6 edition of North Country This Week, self-directed learning in a non-coercive environment has been proven to be the way children learn best. Intrinsic motivation comes about when youth are given the opportunity to solve problems on their own and when they are able to develop and pursue their own interests and passions.
However, that is not to say students should be on their own without the guidance or support from a teacher, mentor, parent, or advisor while navigating their educational journeys. These facilitators are an essential component to any learning system, to assist those with special needs, and to be there to provide resources, enthusiasm, questions, and positive feedback.
Many local families are choosing to home-school their children, but as mentioned this is not feasible for portions of our population.
Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning is a new educational model in St. Lawrence County that provides the resources, teachers, support, and structure for youth who are seeking an independent learning environment. Deep Root Center also helps to create community connections by introducing children to local volunteers who are excited to share their love of learning and expertise with them.
Education is a deeply personal choice and in this time of controversy every family has the right to choose what is best for their children.
Executive Director, Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning, Canton