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SXSWedu 2014

Self-Directed Learning: Every Student's Right

Democratic societies need democratic education. Students should be able to make real choices about what they want to learn and how, at least some if not most of the time. They should not be subjected to uniform and standardized curriculum and testing developed by corporations for "efficient" delivery.

It is only through meaningful choice and self-direction that young people find intrinsic motivation to learn and develop a clearer sense of their own unique gifts.

Over the last century, students and educators have pioneered many forms of self-directed learning. We will explore some promising models for today's high schools and discuss ways to replicate them in order to spark a real education revolution.

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  1. Where are the bright spots for self-directed learning in today's secondary schools?
  2. What are some best practices and do's and don'ts?
  3. What are the major barriers for introducing self-directed learning in public schools and how can we overcome them?



Charles Tsai, Executive Director, Social Creatives

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Best Practices & Implementation
  • Level: Beginning
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