Sierra Goldstein was a straight-A high school student, but she was bored, “even lazy,” she said. So Goldstein dropped out — or perhaps more accurately, went mobile. Goldstein, 15, is part of Colorado-based Be You Innovation Lab. The lab, started in 2011, is another sign that growing mobile and blended self-directed learning trend, though small, is still gaining momentum and will inevitably have snow-balling repercussions for high education soon.
Here’s what you need to know:
Key section from FastCo:
The philosophy behind Be You Lab is based on research which indicates that giving students a greater sense of authority could bring more self-discipline in learning and encourage them to think outside of the box. Be You Lab students are encouraged to build their own curriculum and schedules. They have to pick mentors who provide them guidance and advise them on better ways to learn about their passions. Students use social networks to accomplish this goal and take control of their own education from anywhere.
Here’s a recent deck from Be You by Monika Hardy, a founder and 20-year public school math teacher, that explains their journey from one algebra class of self-guided experimentation to their grand vision of what a city as a school would look like: