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How My Alternative Education Freed Me

Tasha C. Ring | Posted 09.08.2015 | Education
Tasha C. Ring

Sadly, it seems war is often being waged within the institution of education, families squarely in the crossfire. Even if it appears free, there's usually a price to pay. For some it might be difficult to believe there are allies in the offense or freedom seekers entrenched.

5 Free Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

Supercompressor | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Joe Oliveto Credit: iStock/kupicoo Podcasts are so hot right now. From comedy to news to 20-minute segments about concrete, there are lite...

Choosing to Leave Private School for a Self-Directed Journey

GenDIY | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education

Colleen Broderick Not many students consider leaving elite academies to pursue their own learning experience. Nick Bain, a high scho...

How I Paved my Unique Path with Career Path High

GenDIY | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education

Ellie Northrop I started my high school career in a traditional, brick and mortar district school. By the third term of my sophomore yea...

A Path to Dairy Farming, Not College

GenDIY | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education

Megan Culhane Galbraith When my teenage sons, Jesse (19) and Sam (17), decided college was not for them, our family had a moment of panic....

Drop Everything and Sail the World

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Tom Vander Ark

Everyone had responsibilities on the boat. Real jobs, not token ones. If someone didn't do his part, the safety of the crew and vessel were at stake. The boys learned skills, thoroughness, and gained responsibility.

Connections Education & Nexus Academy: Changing the Vision

GenDIY | Posted 06.04.2015 | Education

Connections Education is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K-12 and ...

Step Off the Direct Path, Service Something Larger Than Yourself

GenDIY | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education

Carol Barash I was a sophomore at Yale. Though I looked fine on the outside, my life was unraveling. My past came back in flashes--a hand...

GenDIY Profile: The Justin Myrick

GenDIY | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact

Justin Myrick's YouTube channel is like a time capsule of American adolescence in the twenty-teens -- when everyone's an online video star, and those who want to be actual stars, like this actor-singer-dancer-writer-producer-director, have to shine that much brighter.

5 Options Allow GenDIY to Rethink College

GenDIY | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education

Finish high school, go to college, graduate four or five years later and go to work--only it doesn't work that way very often for Millennials. High rates of young adult unemployment, expensive degrees, and challenging life circumstances are causing many young people to rethink college.

Teaching Entrepreneurship: Educational Boondoggle or Brilliant Innovation?

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Lisa Abeyta

Entrepreneurship is today's cool kid on the block. But, for me, the question is this: Is it even possible to teach someone to become a successful entrepreneur in a classroom setting?

Tell Your Story: Do-It-Yourself Pathways From School to Career

GenDIY | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education

Were you labeled "nontraditional" or "alternative"? Do you, at some point, have tell the people in your life that you had to do things your own way? Did you stumble upon a shortcut to a cool job? If so, we'd like to share your story.

My Journey to GenDIY

GenDIY | Posted 02.08.2015 | Education

My personal involvement in online and blended learning follows a unique historical arc to GenDIY. I've been involved in educational technology as a journalist and advocate since the first Apple IIs began appearing in classrooms in the mid-1980s.

Generation Do-It-Yourself ("GenDIY") Imperatives

GenDIY | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education

Xavier goes to high school four hours a day, four days a week in a one-story office building renovated like a college-lounge-cum-tech-startup, complete with couches, high-top tables, free snacks, and classmates sporting big Dre Beats headphones.

What One Speaker Learned From The Teenagers On Career Day

Laura Munson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Laura Munson

As a dreamy, driven teen, it was a challenge that both daunted and inspired me throughout my high school career. My dreams were always out-of-the-box -- an artist of some sort -- an actress, maybe a film-maker ... but luckily I was someone who figured out how to comfortably be in-the-box, keeping my out-of-the-box thoughts mostly to myself.

How a Change in Schools Transformed My ADHD Son's Educational Path

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Dean Dauphinais

If you have a child who struggles in public school because of a learning difference, please don't give up. Explore other options. Find an alternative school that will recognize your child's potential, maximize it, and allow them to achieve great things.

Empathy in Education

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Educational trauma is a term I coined to capture the lack of empathy I was noticing. It is the inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization by educational systems against consumers and producers of the system.

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

WHiP It! Do We Teach: How To Make A Living Or How To Make A Life

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Amy Elias, MS

I write this with a few tears in my eye, as I have chosen the latter. I chose to live life in the lane of Make A Life. Why the tears then? My choice...

Leaving The Weapons at Home

Gustavo Payan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Gustavo Payan

In the last couple of years, I have spoken with many young people whose lives have changed as a result of this program. Our education and job training work in Honduras is responsible for so much more than a paycheck. It leads to hope, opportunity and a better life.

The Startling Amount That Children Can Learn From Play

Peter Gray | Posted 11.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Peter Gray

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThink of it; none of these characteristics are present in our standard schools. In our standard schools we deprive children of the conditions they need to educate themselves, and then we try to teach them something.

Tapping Into What Young People Know

Marguerite Wilson | Posted 11.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Marguerite Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNot everyone shares the Western assumption that children should have an extended, protected childhood. The circumstances of life in different parts of the world create different assumptions about what childhood should look like.

What if School Were Out Forever?

Matt Murrie | Posted 10.16.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

From the work and ideas the movers and makers at IDEC 2013 are developing, you can see for yourself how it may not be a question of what if schools become extinct, but when.

Putting Every Educational Option on the Table

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin P. Chavous

There are many great traditional public schools, public charter schools, and magnet schools across this country. But not every family has access to one. Being FOR putting every option on the table to help disadvantaged kids is not being against public schools.

An Invitation to Step Outside

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Catherine Gobron

As it turns out, how people behave in one setting does not predict how they will behave in a very different setting.