Education Redesigned for Forward-Thinking Families

We’ve been led to believe that learning can only happen within the four walls of a classroom.

We’ve also been led to believe that by following a narrow curriculum for 12 years, our children will be ready to take on the real world.

This couldn't be further from the truth.

Traditional education systems are not adequately preparing young people for their future. The complex world we live in is expanding at an exponential rate -- and our education systems need to catch up with that.

Our cultures, and the people who are part of them, are so incredibly diverse. They are diverse, not only in the way they think and see the world but also in their interests and passions.

Our school systems drill in the idea that everyone should learn the exact same things in the exact same way.

But does this really reflect the reality of the world that children will be entering into?

Something’s gotta give: Self-directed education is knocking

It’s time to put your kids in the driver’s seat -- metaphorically, of course.

To really meet the needs of children and the realities of the world we live in, things need to change.

More specifically, we need a completely new approach: self-directed learning.

Self-directed learning is an approach to education that empowers children to define their own learning journey. This allows all children to learn in a personalized way suited to their own needs, aptitudes, and interests.

Learners can set their own pace and focus on topics and knowledge relevant to their own context, cultures, and realities.

Through this approach, children can nurture their natural curiosity and develop a life-long love for learning.  

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In kids, we trust?

To many, this seems counterintuitive. How can kids be expected to take charge of their own education?

In his 2017 research paper titled ‘Self-Directed Education—Unschooling and Democratic Schooling,’ the prolific psychology researcher and professor, Peter Gray, shared the following:

“Through all but the most recent speck of human history, education was always the responsibility of those being educated. Children come into the world biologically prepared to educate themselves through observing the culture around them and incorporating what they see into their play. Research in hunter-gatherer cultures shows that children in those cultures became educated through their own self-directed exploration and play.”

Self-directed education isn’t as scary as it may seem.

In a self-directed learning environment like Galileo, children are empowered to be the decision-makers. Our facilitators empower learners with the necessary tools and resources to take charge of their own educational journey.

The proof is in the pudding. Life skills for self-directed learning is their bowl.

Your children are more capable than they may seem.

When given the opportunity, tools, trust, and support, they can develop their own intrinsic motivation and learn how to take responsibility.

At Galileo, we believe that education should be more than just learning a set curriculum to pass a test and get good grades. Self-directed education has so many benefits that will set children up for success for the rest of their lives.

Here are just a few...

  • Children are more capable than we give them credit for. Self-managed learning teaches them how to take responsibility for themselves and their own lives. This helps young people to become more independent, confident, and self-assured.
  • Learning will never again be boring or a chore. With self-directed study, children can explore an infinite variety of topics. Through this, they can find things that actually interest and excite them.
  • Traditional school environments can be incredibly stressful for many children. Self-guided learning allows children to create a learning environment that is happy and stress-free.  Children learn to love learning again, as it’s no longer associated with stress, pressure, and anxiety.
  • You’re not limited to textbooks and worksheets. With self-directed learning, children can find mediums that work for them. This could be games, YouTube videos, creating art, building things, or pretty much anything that helps develop skills.
  • This approach supports children to learn more about themselves and appreciate who they are as an individual. This self-awareness comes in handy when figuring out what to do later on in life.

The benefits of self-directed learning aren’t only limited to children. This approach has far-reaching benefits for the entire family. In a 2013 research paper, Peter Gray and educational psychologist Gina Riley surveyed hundreds of families who had chosen to pursue self-directed learning for their children.

Aside from seeing their children thrive in their learning journeys, the results showed that parents felt closer and more bonded to their children, as well as more bonded as a family. The participants shared that their families became closer than ever before, with less stress or conflict.

It’s time to make a change with self-directed education

If you’re looking for a way to nurture happy, curious, and passionate children, then you’ve come to the right place.

We help future-looking families to empower their children beyond the classroom. At Galileo, we allow learners to curate their own learning journeys while supporting them every step of the way.

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