Is Natural Creativity a Good Fit for Your Family?
The NC community comprises an enormous range of backgrounds, educational experiences, goals and skills. Its members, however, share several culture-defining characteristics. We define “culture” broadly to include families who:
wish to promote natural and self-directed learning
value a racially and economically balanced community
Welcome the opportunity to work in active partnership with both their young people and NC facilitators to support the youth’s education
Are You Eligible to Apply?
A young person is welcome to apply if he/she:
is age 4 to 17
is not currently enrolled in traditional school, or if still enrolled is planning to withdraw from traditional school (see: “Home” Schooling).
has an education plan that includes--but is not limited to--Natural Creativity
You might enjoy the Natural Creativity Center if:
You like being in charge of your own learning
You like to learn by doing: by building, exploring, experimenting, sharing, and inventing
You also like to learn by asking, discussing, observing, questioning, speculating and collaborating
You prefer to follow your own interests rather than always being told what to study, how and when to learn
You resist being tested all the time and being subjected to other people’s agendas (as long as you are not interfering with theirs)
You have some special interests that you currently don’t have time to pursue due to the press of compulsory schooling
Parents and Guardians of Young People
As a parent, you are likely to be interested in The Natural Creativity Center for your son or daughter shows one or more of the following signs:
He/She comes home tired and cranky, often frustrated or angry.
He/She seems stressed out about grades and test scores.
He/She is more concerned about how he/she is doing in the eyes of the teacher than what is being presented in school.
He/She is anxious about being accepted by peers, bullied and harrassed, including physically.
He/She is getting into trouble for distracting others, for not completing assignments, for skipping school, etc.
He/She feigns sickness and wants to stay home more than occasionally.
He/She is frustrated that there is no time to play or pursue favorite interests due to the amount of schoolwork and homework that are assigned.
He/She is more fixated on designer labels and “what the other kids are wearing/doing” than on his/her learning.
He/She seems to have lost a sense of excitement about exploring new things, construction projects, creating in general.
He/She is showing a diminished interest in reading on his/her own and anything that isn’t going to be on some test.
He/She simply seems to dance to the beat of his/her own drum and is naturally self-motivated to pursue his/her own interests, which conflict with the regimen of Schooling.
From a more positive perspective, you as a parent may be interested in checking out Natural Creativity for your son or daughter if:
You want your young person to grow in a peaceful environment composed of a diverse community representing families from different socio-economic levels, ethnicities and skin color.
You want your young person to be self-regulated and self-motivated and to exercise ownership over his/her life and education.
You value highly Natural Creativity’s 3 Cs: Creativity, Compassion and Collaboration.
You believe in the value of learning by doing, by creating and reflecting more than merely memorizing and regurgitating.
You believe that education should be about pursuing one’s interests rather than other simply praise and prizes.
You share NC’s mission of encouraging positive relationships among people from all backgrounds regardless of economic status, religious beliefs, ethnicity or color.
You want to be actively involved in your youth’s education in a positive way, and you would value the partnership of other adults in that endeavor.