Some of these students advanced two grade levels in one year – without doing any homework.

By |September 14th, 2018|Education Concepts|

Five years ago I wrote an article about the stress of homework, that not surprising to me, was incredibly popular. Parents (and their children) were excited to be validated that homework might actually be more harmful than good. Over the past five years, studies continue to show that homework actually provides no measurable benefit, particularly [...]

Teaching “Peace” Starts With Listening

By |May 9th, 2018|Education Concepts|

When I first began learning about and studying the philosophy of nonviolence I found myself captivated by the idea that a person could live their life nonviolently. It was a revelation to me that I could practice nonviolence at my place of work, in my eating habits and dress, in my garden, and in my [...]

Young Adults and Creating the Social Contract

By |December 7th, 2017|Education Concepts|

 At our school we recently completed a constitution-building experiment. For two months our Eagles divided into small groups that met every Wednesday morning for forty-five minutes to discuss, debate and then write a constitution of their choosing. The assignment was: “Design a constitution for a society in which you would like to live.” The resulting [...]

Hearing about new ideas in Education? A school in London, ON is offering them right here and right now!

By |November 28th, 2017|Education Concepts|

It is widely accepted that the present education system, particularly in North America, is in desperate need of reform. For the first time in history, parents in large numbers are starting to wonder if the traditional schooling system will actually help their children get the education they need for this 21st century. Schooling today might [...]

Embracing Uncertainty: Project-Based Learning and Vocation

By |July 19th, 2017|Education Concepts|

The debate over the future of public education is not new. Depending upon your personal or professional circle, you will have heard many conflicting arguments about how and why the public education system should be reformed. In the United States, where I hail from, there has been a “crisis” in public education most of my [...]

Democracy in the Classroom: Infinity School

By |June 17th, 2017|Education Concepts|

Democracy is difficult. It requires a great deal of patience and comfort with disagreement. Citizens who take democracy seriously have to be prepared to have their ideas rejected by their neighbours, friends and peers. They also have to be prepared to accept the vote of the majority even if they strongly disagree with it. At [...]

Our Students All Have Excellent Grades (because they are given the time to work towards mastery)

By |June 14th, 2017|Education Concepts|

  An interesting discussion started at our Infinity School when one of our parents said that a friend’s hesitancy in sending their children to this school was that there weren’t grades assigned. While it is true that we don’t assign grades, the reality is that all of our students achieve 90% or greater on their [...]

An Amazing Thing Happens When You Ask A Child: “What Is Your Passion?”

By |June 7th, 2017|Education Concepts|

Recently I asked our Eagles “What is your passion?” The answers I received were varied: Aviation, Greek mythology, Coding, Jiu-Jitsu. One Eagle even said: “Learning.” I then asked: “How can we at Infinity School help you pursue your passion?" In the past I might have asked my students “What is your academic passion?” This time, [...]

Wanted: 10 to 13-Year-Olds For Our New School

By |May 16th, 2017|Education Concepts|

Have you heard about our Infinity School? It is an Acton Academy program started in London, ON last September by Andrea Loewen Nair (a psychotherapist/ parenting educator as well as a school administrator) and Dr. Vineet Nair (a family doctor). We’re having a great first year and wanted to let you know that as we [...]

Parenting an Acton Academy Child — Be Prepared for an Interesting Journey!

By |May 3rd, 2017|Education Concepts|

If you are a parent of a child or teen at an Acton Academy school, chances are good that you have heard one of these types of comments from your children: “Mom, you really shouldn’t say ‘never’ because that’s not actually true, is it?” “Dad, you do know ‘That’s impossible – it’s not going to [...]