This model has always intrigued me and what turned into a question for Hope turned into a fifteen minute long conversation with John and Hope about where Horizons fits between the spectrum of the demands of adopting standards like Common Core and an approach like Alpine Valley School. It's always important to revisit the opportunities of self-directed and independent learning our students have.
Peter Gray's states that "central thesis is that children come into the world exquisitely designed, and strongly motivated, to educate themselves. They don’t need to be forced to learn; in fact, coercion undermines their natural desire to learn. What they do need is opportunity. My argument to society at large is that we need to stop thinking about educating children and start thinking about how to provide the conditions that maximize each child’s ability to educate himself or herself. That is what children are biologically designed to do, but to do it well they need conditions that are very, very different from the coercive, deprived conditions of our standard schools."