Charles Tsai

Charles Tsai

Charles Tsai

Journalist, speaker and consultant for social entrepreneurs

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The best small town in America experiments with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own “school-within-a-school” and they learn only what they want to learn. Does it work? Charles Tsai finds out by spending a week with the Independent Project.

If students designed their own schools…

February 14, 2013

What do you think?

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This is fantastic. Young people like this really give me hope for the future. They’re entering a world where independent thought, collaboration and self-driven learning will be paramount.

Tim Cheesebrow

March 5, 2013

Excellent story and great example. I’m very glad I found this. Lots of uses! Everyone worries, rightfully, about the scalability of projects like this. On the face of it, seems like you’d save a lot of teacher salaries.

Michael Simkins

March 9, 2013

Can you tell us please what is the name of the best small town in America experimenting this Fantastic Learning Programme? It would work so well in New Zealand for same age students..could I organise same plan here?? Would be great. :-)

Iris Bartlett

March 23, 2013

The town is Great Barrington, Massachusetts and the school is Monument Mountain Regional High School. :)


March 26, 2013

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  1. The Avoidance of Doubt | Joanne Even's Blog reblogged this and added:

    […] the youth, there’s no voice from the youth at all.”  That’s the opening line to Charles Tsai’s video about Monument Mountain Regional High School’s alternative academic program.  According to […]