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Story highlights power of natural learning

Written on February 3rd, 2012

At SelfDesign Learning Community, a distributed learning school based in Nelson, B.C., human beings are seen as natural learners from conception.

“We are constantly opening to the world and interacting with the world and opening into ourselves and coming to know ourselves, and that’s learning,” says vice-principal Barbarah Nicoll.

People are most connected when doing things in the area where their interest is strongest, she says.

Young people have a longing to engage, and need to have adults around who are curious about them and they are in service to that provide an “invitation to experience a wonderful world,” which could be one of literature, sciences, history or the arts, she notes.

SelfDesign is funded by the B.C. Ministry of Education offering programs from kindergarten to Grade 12.