When an environment supports this kind of freedom in learning, young people flourish: they learn with relative ease; they learn in a shorter period of time; they enjoy every day; they exude happiness and self confidence; they come to know and respect their special giftedness and that of others; they stay connected to themselves, listening within for their direction; they pursue the development of mind, body and spirit; they value democracy because they live it; they desire to contribute to community; they become fully responsible for themselves and for choosing their life path; and they learn everything they need to achieve their dreams.
In accomplishing this, the importance of a free school model cannot be underestimated. It is based on a trust and belief in the ability of children and teens to find and follow their inner guidance and passions. The questions: “Who am I? and What do I want?” are important questions to answer as they learn; the search itself is an important part of the learning; in fact, many adults have not yet found their answers. When students can answer for themselves at a young age, life opens many doors for them. They pursue their interests with gusto. They share with each other. The joy of discovery, invention, synthesis, intuition, accomplishment radiates from them.