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In Progress

In Progress

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For this month's blog, we invited mother/daughter duo Tamara McIntyre and Zea Jones to each reflect on the reason's behind the family's decision to send Zea to Compass and the resulting changes in Zea's approach to learning. Zea is a bedrock member of our community and her enthusiasm for life and l ...
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What Happens After University Acceptance?

What Happens After University Acceptance?

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Over the past four months I have been teaching at Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning, offering a course in political theory and how big ideas about politics and society can be applied to today's tumultuous world. Over the past six years, while pursuing my Masters and PhD in History at the Uni ...
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Reflections

Reflections

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The blog post below was written by one of our teachers new to Compass this fall, Amanda Lara. In it, she reflects on how teaching at Compass feels different than any other teaching environment in which she has taught. If you are wondering what distinguishes Compass. I have a two-word response: Non-c ...
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The Happy Thanksgiving Blog Post

The Happy Thanksgiving Blog Post

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“I got sick of it all. Why was I making myself so unhappy from being in school when there’s so much out there to see and experience? Then I found out that you didn’t even need to finish school to have a fulfilled life. You can work or go to university without a high school degree. I di ...
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The Teens Are Doing Whaaat?

The Teens Are Doing Whaaat?

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The teens are back and it’s fantastic. For the first time since we opened our door nearly four years ago, we’re open five days a week. We are spending our Fridays working on a collective project we’re not yet ready to reveal. But I can let you in on some of the ways that young people at Compas ...
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Learning is something you do.

Learning is something you do.

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Just as we were winding down the last ‘school’ year in June, I published an article in Rabble, called “Many teens find school stifling, stressful and depressing. So why don’t we reinvent it?” (actually, the Rabble editor had changed it to “So why don’t we fix it?” and I had to reques ...
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True Confessions of an Alternative Educator & The Deal with Classes

True Confessions of an Alternative Educator & The Deal with Classes

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“This course offers an opportunity to participate in a hands-on, experiential laboratory of creative innovation. We will study basic applied physics and structural engineering through the construction of simple and complex machines, examining the principles of buoyancy, flight, propulsion, gravity ...
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Satirical “Back to School” Guide

Satirical “Back to School” Guide

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A note to those who may take offence and feel that we are being overly cheeky with our satirical guide "Back to School" guide: A reminder that while school may have worked out okay for you (even though you would have still been cheering on a snow day), too many young people end up feeling dulled, d ...
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Because society says so.

Because society says so.

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The last 48 hours of my life have been a full-on Elon Musk-fest. I was already interested in Musk because I have read a little about the school he started for his children  so I was primed to be interested. A friend sent me this article, about all of the exciting, extremely innovative things Elon ...
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Why should you support Compass?

Why should you support Compass?

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We have not been proactive in asking for donations in the three years since we opened our doors. Co-founder and Co-director André Morson and I are educators first. The multiple hats we now wear: fundraiser, grant-writer, networker, mentor, graphic designer, writer, teacher have forced us on a steep ...
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