While dealing with the limiting and dehumanizing, rigid school district policies regarding my own son, it was refreshing to be in conversation with a dynamic African American educator who’s started her own school which is a site of liberation–where the student’s passions and interests are that which guide the learnings in the school (as opposed to some rubric and universal metric system).
During our interview with Mikala Streeter, Founder, Principal, and Lead Teacher of The LIFE School, we explored:
- how The Life School provides an alternative environment to interrupt school pushout, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the need for more African American children being home-schooled because of the toxic educational climate;
- the impact of positive adults on campuses;
- the role of teachers and educators in parenting and/or nurturing children through education;
- how to discover the #blerd (Black Nerd) in every student;
- tips for talking to your child about their vision of education for themselves.
The Life School is an independent, progressive Atlanta high school where students develop their own vision of success through interdisciplinary, experiential learning. It’s innovative approach connects student interests, the real world, and traditional academic subjects through projects, internships, and travel experiences. To learn more about The Life School visit: thelifeschool.co
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