Can kids engage with learning from the No-School movement?

By | July 29, 2018

An Australian researcher Dr. Thomas Stehlik has reported in his latest paper that alternative approach or the “not-school” movement can bring better learning outcomes for students struggling in traditional school.

The not-school movement considers all the educational programs that take place outside the school environment –ranging from art activities to relaxed styles of home schooling. Often unstructured and informal, not-school learning can be delivered by adult educators, youth workers, community developers and parents.

Stelhik thinks that the “one size fits all” approach is not working for the student, that’s why the not-school movement is gaining popularity.

In the civil societies, schooling is a compulsory responsibility of children. But not everyone finds school a place to grow, some see it as a narrow experience that restricts their potential. We need to look at education from the perspective of a student.


The not-school movement is about encouraging different educational initiatives and practices that provoke ‘think outside the box’ for providing young people with an educational initiative that they enjoy.

The present approach to education is outdated and despite long-term calls for change, no changes have taken place. The school funding should be used to improve school performance and student results.

Youth has different individual learning needs and talents, but trying to fit everyone under the same standard schooling model, it doesn’t work. Different educational experiences can provide alternatives for those who fail to cope up in the same standard schooling environments. They can experience alternative career and post-school pathways; it can also contribute to an improved sense of identity and well-being.

For instance, consider the benefits of a gap year. The gap year provides real world experience to and is looked upon positively by everyone nowadays.

The time has come to deeply think about how we educate our children, in the 21st century there is demand for innovation and creativity. And by definition, it requires unconventional teaching approaches.

Even when the use of flexible and online learning methodologies is on rise, it comes as a surprise how alternatives to face-to-face classroom teaching are left unheeded.

Innovation is crucial for the sustained success business, but this starts with education.If we are not being inclusive of those young people who don’t fit the convention, we could be denying the creativity of whole set of people who are creative and alternative thinkers. We should understand our educational size cannot fit everyone. Maybe we should ask what else we can do.

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