Declaration of Learning Independence (1st draft)

Engage me, support me, give me options, don’t tell me my only option is one teacher in one school down the street.
Let me go deep, let me go fast, let me collaborate, let me apply, explore, create, let me play.
Get me ready; don’t lie to me; give me feedback—continuously.
Make me write, make me think, make me wrestle with tough problems.
Give me a learning playlist—the right experiences at the right time in the right mode.
Let me experience success in college, careers, and community service before I graduate.
Give me the world.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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