Have you been considering a different educational path for your children?

Has the pandemic forced remote learning on your family?

Or are you exploring options that give your family and your children educational freedom?

You’re here! So there must be something pushing you to look for educational alternatives.

It’s scary, I know! Many parents at Galileo have the same fears and questions.

  • Am I making the right decision?
  • Will my children be happy to tackle online learning?
  • Will we be able to figure out the tech?
  • Will they actually be learning?

These questions are normal. And common.

But you are allowed to be bold and make choices that give your family freedom.

The past two years have been a crazy time for everyone. It has left many of us feeling unsure of what the future of learning looks like.

We have the opportunity to challenge our preconceived ideas about online education.

The idea of future learning and development is changing. There are exciting alternatives to traditional education after the pandemic.

Online learning is the future of education.

Schools like Galileo show parents it is possible to create a connected, online community. One that allows children to take charge of their education. They can tailor it to meet them where they’re at and become creative thinkers.

The last two years have shown us that school after the pandemic can (and should!) look very different.

The world has changed dramatically, and the educational landscape is looking less familiar. Now is the best time to embrace a way of life that brings joy to your family. And a holistic way of learning to educate your child.

The future of online learning is filled with possibilities. So let’s find out from experts Pat Farenga and Blair Lee what education during and after the pandemic will look like.

Are homeschooling and remote learning the same thing?

Patrick Farenga is an author and educational activist who unschooled his three daughters. During the pandemic lockdowns, people kept saying that everyone is homeschooling now.

But are they really?

Remote learning and self-directed education are very different!

Pat aptly describes traditional education as “a conveyor belt of learning, and only the schools know how it works, and if you aren’t on that conveyor belt, you’ve missed out.”

Parents are worried that children are ‘missing out’ and ‘falling behind.’

How will they learn if they aren’t in school?

There is a misbelief that learning only happens in a classroom.

But this is such a narrow view of our unique learning capacity. Children are learning all the time. If they choose their own timeline, then the idea of ‘falling behind’ doesn’t apply.

Behind what? Behind who?

The idea of school as the “great equalizer” is an outdated one. The future of online education offers families a self-directed learning experience. One that allows children to learn on their own timelines.

Do you believe there is going to be a huge uptake in homeschooling after the pandemic?

Pat tells us that more families will choose alternatives to traditional education after the pandemic.

For many families, remote learning has not been a conscious choice. The school is still very involved in the home in terms of learning materials and outcomes.

This is very different from self-directed learning, where education is personalized to meet your child’s needs.

The current remote learning situation has profoundly affected how people think about homeschooling and alternative education. It has created issues of connection and community.

Learning, as John Holt says, is a social activity.

Education during the pandemic has been particularly difficult for unschoolers. This is because their learning is often done in social groups.

The idea of a social bubble is going to be important in education after the pandemic

Like Galileo’s Clubs, children can find their community and learn along with others. The local Dojos also offer in-person learning communities. These allow families to have a centralized, diverse social space while traveling.

Pat mentions that a problem with online learning is that it still has a classroom feel.

This is where Galileo stands out.

They are committed to interactive, connection-based spaces. They offer a platform where children are in charge of their educational journey.

With a range of clubs and nanocourses, Galileo students expose themselves to different topics and cultures.

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How do you see homeschooling after the pandemic? We asked Blair Lee her thoughts on the future of learning

Blair is the founder of Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers (SEA). She says that their following has been growing by over 1000 people a week.

Parents who would not have had time to home-educate are now at home due to the pandemic. Many families give up one income to home educate.

This is what makes Galileo unique.

The program is flexible and designed to work with families. It offers the best self-directed education options for their children.

Children are encouraged to be independent, self-motivated, and self-organized. This allows parents to continue working and allows for global adventures.

Home education is becoming more mainstream and is here to stay.

Blair says that hand-crafting education is something that traditional schools can’t do. Finding the best learning practices for your child can be challenging. Particularly across different age groups and abilities.

Galileo’s Clubs have children of different ages and at different learning stages. They work in connection to explore common interests.

Project-based learning is open-ended. It is a powerful example of age groups coming together in a learning community.

As Blair mentions, finding community and a methodology that works for your child is a fluid process. Honoring your child at every stage of their learning journey will help them become life-long learners.

Am I doing it right?

This is a common question that parents have when embarking on a self-directed learning journey. It is normal!

Blair makes a great point when she says:

“When you engage them [your child] in a powerful way, they begin to recognize that you respect their own unique intellect and who they are, at the same time that you value learning.”

What a gift to give to your child!

Allowing them to have the freedom to learn what they want to, in the way that suits them best, also allows you to have more grace with yourself.

We have all had those hard days...

...Days where we question our choices and doubt the journey. This is normal! Having a supportive community can help alleviate some of that stress. It offers you answers and support, and Galileo provides this.

What does the future of learning look like for home-educating families? Blair visualizes education after the pandemic

Blair says we need to look at “creating a modern education of curiosity, innovation, and impact.” This is also part of the book title she co-wrote with Sam Cook.

The state of education is changing rapidly.

The world is moving towards egalitarian systems based on ideas of equality. This is definitely the change we want to see, but it means we need to redefine our roles as parents and educators.

There is a shift towards self-directed, online learning where adults are facilitators.

As parents, there are so many more options now that help us empower our children to take control of their learning journey.

The future of online education is exciting.

It gives families the freedom to travel and explore. To become involved in service projects and community initiatives.

Blair sums it up beautifully. She says she sees learning as “one of the most important endeavors humans can do. It connects us to each other and to the world”.

Connection-based learning brings value and meaning to our lives.

It equips our kids to go out into the world confident in their unique selves and their ability to forge their own paths.

Pat discusses stats about homeschoolers and the pandemic

Data polls say that 40% of parents said they would continue homeschooling after the pandemic.

Interestingly, most of these families aren’t actually homeschooling, rather they engage in remote learning.

They are involved in a school-at-home system far from the self-directed, unschooling education that allows kids freedom and autonomy.

Imagine if families put aside the curriculum, the worksheets, the testing, and focused on spending time together?

Helping our kids develop social and emotional intelligence is as important as academics.

Sometimes we get so caught up in what they are learning and how they are learning it, that we forget about growing good people.

So, what does the future of learning actually look like?

I suppose you need to ask yourself... what is important to you and your family?

I know that freedom and autonomy for the next generation are at the top of my list.

...Allowing our kids to become independent thinkers and creative entrepreneurs who will be the change-makers our world needs.

...Giving them the tools to become self-motivated and organized adults who can confidently follow their dreams.

...Helping them grow in empathy through connection-based learning and community so that they can become active global citizens.

We are finally seeing education platforms that value these things too!

Galileo developed from the need to allow children to grow through self-directed, independent, and self-organized learning.

By growing life-long learners, Galileo encourages kids to learn skills that they will need for the future. They learn to think critically about the world they live in.

No one knows for sure what our world will look like in the coming years. What we do know is, self-directed education is the future of learning.