At Workspace Education, we are reimagining education every day. You can spend hours on this website, finding out about our bold new ideas and innovations. But you might have more important questions: “Is Workspace the right educational choice for me and my family? Do we fit into the Workspace concept?”
No education system should be one-size-fits-all, and that can cut both ways. What’s right for our member families may not be right for yours. So we’ve put together a list of seven ideas. If you agree with some of them, yours might just be a Workspace kind of family, and maybe it’s time to visit us here at our Big Red Barn in Bethel, CT.
Is Workspace Right for Me? Seven Clues
One: The traditional school model is broken.
Millions of parents and students around the country are finding that the old-fashioned century-old system of lectures, memorization, testing, rinse, repeat, is just not working for them, and for our country’s future. Seeking a new paradigm? That might be us.
Two: Children should be the center of education.
Learner-centered education is a major trend right now, and Workspace is right on it. We empower our learners to dream, to try new things, to have a startup mentality and a hands-on approach. We also allow them to fail, as all of us do in life, because we can learn from our mistakes. We let them create their own educational pathway with personalized learning and the best tech tools in the world, so they can have the best life ever. Sound good?
Three: There is no single solution to the education dilemma.
From Montessori to Waldorf to Reggio Emilia to homeschooling and on and on, there are so many theories and approaches to making education better. At Workspace, we embrace them all, and yet are not bound to any one concept. Many of our families are homeschooled, and we are a fantastic resource for homeschool families, with things like science labs and drama troupes and math instructors that are impossible for most homeschool parents to duplicate. We also have a drop-off microschool, the Acton Academy. Some of our families graduated from Montessori, and others practice Waldorf. It’s not all or nothing, it’s all of the above. We think all these approaches are needed to create the perfect pathway for each child as we reimagine education. Our families love the freedom to choose what’s best for them, the variety of courses and approaches we offer here, and the chance to create their own custom personalized educational pathway.
Four: Families, not bureaucracies, should create curriculums and content.
At Workspace, families are the co-creators of our curriculums, and all of our member families participate in the teaching, mentoring, volunteering and co-learning that are the core of the Workspace educational experience. School and family are united here, and why shouldn’t they be? Who knows your child best? Who knows what makes them tick? You do. We feel that families working with their children can find the perfect custom interdisciplinary educational pathway that each child needs.
Five: Children should learn real-life skills with the best tech tools.
A lot of times it seems traditional schools teach children how to pass a test, not how to live a life. We believe children can learn by using self-directed, real-world skills to co-create real-world projects to solve real-world problems. Our proprietary 21CI curriculum uses agile, project-based learning to teach learners to work well with others, use the latest tools like 3D printing to find solutions to complex problems, and to approach quandaries with an open, positive, and optimistic perspective. So our learners take on enormous projects with true ownership. Sometimes they create not just a solution, but a new product and a new business. We’ve had many startups in our two years.
Six: It’s OK to fail; it’s part of learning.
Many students suffer from intense fear of failing. Grading anxiety is widespread. This is a terrible strain on learners. We believe that some failure is fine, because failure is not final. As Thomas Edison said. “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” That’s part of the process. At Workspace we are makers and doers. We try things, and if something doesn’t work, we try again. There’s no judgment, no fear of failing. Instead, we believe in organic experimentation, engagement, and a can-do mindset. And speaking of grades, we are experimenting with new assessment methods, to go beyond the test and give value to the actual work our learners do.
Seven: In the future of work, people will need to work together.
The old educational model is one child, alone, at home, studying to pass a government-mandated test. This is not the way great achievements are made. They are made by teams, and in the future, all workers must understand collaboration. We teach how to engage in collaborative team-based interdisciplinary projects so that our learners have to utilize a variety of skills and work with a variety of peers in order to succeed, just like in the real world. This multidisciplinary methodology gets learners out of silos and into the workplace of the future today. This approach creates an “us” orientation, modeling empathy and inclusion, which are so critical to team success. Which method sounds right to you?
These ideas may seem pretty simple, but they are really on the cutting edge of the educational revolution, and that is where Workspace stands – right in the center of the education revolution. If these ideas sound smart to you, why not give us a call at 855-937-2747 ext. 107 or set up a tour right now. We’d love to meet you and show you how these ideas are transforming the way our families are creating the future of education together.