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In Buffalo there exists a vibrant resurgence of young people doing things. Little things. Big things.

Starting businesses, volunteering, exploring. People of all ages, backgrounds, personalities, and persuasions are involved in city building, arts, music, theatre, historic preservation, community development, environmental protection, small farms and local food.

It’s a place where you can explore a small town but connect with the big world, in person. Where a whole community will rally to greet you, welcome you, and introduce you to their tribe.

Check us out. Stay awhile. Figure out what you want to do with your life, and how.

Learning Choices Network makes it possible for young people and families to explore different options for learning.

Find out how you can live the life you’ve imagined, figure out what it takes, experiment and fail, but do it in a place that understands and can support you in the process of becoming your best you.

“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.”

- Jean Piaget

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- Jean Piaget

“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.”

“What strengthens learners is choice. We develop self-reliance, responsibility, and competence when we do the thinking about our own learning. As an educator for 40 years, I have dreamed of the possibilities that the Learning Choices Network offers. Congratulations!”

- John E. Newton, director Mandala School

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- John E. Newton, director Mandala School

“What strengthens learners is choice. We develop self-reliance, responsibility, and competence when we do the thinking about our own learning. As an educator for 40 years, I have dreamed of the possibilities that the Learning Choices Network offers. Congratulations!”

“None of the world's problems will have a solution until the world's individuals become thoroughly self-educated.”

- Buckminster Fuller

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- Buckminster Fuller

“None of the world’s problems will have a solution until the world’s individuals become thoroughly self-educated.”

“Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter”

- Sojourner Truth

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- Sojourner Truth

“Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter”

"Growing up, I couldn't understand the confusion. Wasn't it obvious that I could learn math and physics if I wanted to? Couldn't my uncle see that I had no use for chemistry but that if I did, I'd learn it? Why did anyone care, anyway? And why did people ask me if I knew math and English but they didn't ask whether I knew about good nutrition or how to shingle a roof?”

- Sarabeth Matilsky

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- Sarabeth Matilsky

“Growing up, I couldn’t understand the confusion. Wasn’t it obvious that I could learn math and physics if I wanted to? Couldn’t my uncle see that I had no use for chemistry but that if I did, I’d learn it? Why did anyone care, anyway? And why did people ask me if I knew math View Full →

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

- Maria Montessori

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- Maria Montessori

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

“We can best help children learn, not by deciding what we think they should learn and thinking of ingenious ways to teach it to them, but by making the world, as far as we can, accessible to them, paying serious attention to what they do, answering their questions -- if they have any -- and helping them explore the things they are most interested in.”

- John Holt

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- John Holt

“We can best help children learn, not by deciding what we think they should learn and thinking of ingenious ways to teach it to them, but by making the world, as far as we can, accessible to them, paying serious attention to what they do, answering their questions — if they have any — and View Full →

“What I care a great deal about, though, is each human's ability to express her art, to develop into the person she is able to become. I care about the connections between people and our ability to challenge and support each other as we create our own versions of art. And I care about freedom, the ability to express yourself until it impinges on someone else's happiness. All of these arts and freedoms require a society that won't just tolerate weird but will actively applaud it.”

- Seth Godin, We Are All Weird

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- Seth Godin, We Are All Weird

“What I care a great deal about, though, is each human’s ability to express her art, to develop into the person she is able to become. I care about the connections between people and our ability to challenge and support each other as we create our own versions of art. And I care about freedom, View Full →

"Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress.”

- Frederick Douglass

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- Frederick Douglass

“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It View Full →

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

- Rachel Carson

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- Rachel Carson

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.”

- John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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- John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.”

“Unless the schools provide our children with a vision of human possibility that enlightens and empowers them with knowledge and taste, they will simply play their role in someone else's marketing schemes. Unless they understand deeply the sources of our democracy, they will take it for granted and fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities.”

- Diane Ravitch

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- Diane Ravitch

“Unless the schools provide our children with a vision of human possibility that enlightens and empowers them with knowledge and taste, they will simply play their role in someone else’s marketing schemes. Unless they understand deeply the sources of our democracy, they will take it for granted and fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities.”

“Human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they're not just lying around on the surface.”

- Sir Ken Robinson

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- Sir Ken Robinson

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface.”

"The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.”

- Barbara Kingsolver (Animal Dreams)

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- Barbara Kingsolver (Animal Dreams)

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.”

“To them, knowledge isn't a commodity that's delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students' own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion- and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process.”
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“To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion- and uncovering a generation of View Full →

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”

- Albert Einstein

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- Albert Einstein

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”

We wanted a different kind of education.

Having experienced a variety of classrooms over the years, we all agreed that there had to be something different. So over the course of different conversations between us over the years, as we met each other around town, and as we each worked at making our own little visions real in the world, we decided it would be a good idea to team up, to share our ideas and visions and resources in a more organized way.

So how is this so different, you ask? 

We’re focused on being real people. People with different experiences, different interests, different commitments.  Not robots. Not automatons. We don’t have it all figured out. We probably never will. But we feel more alive not knowing, trying something different, something that feels authentic, something with color and texture. The not-known. Something that’s alive and happening Right Now.

Because the world that we know now is so dramatically different than the ones our grandparents and parents grew up in. The jobs that will exist in the next 50 years will either be perfect for robots or perfect for humans. And we’d like to be humans. Learning in a way that suits humans. Learning from experiences that demand our full intellect, senses, imagination and attention.

So here we are.

Thank you for visiting, for checking out what we’re doing, for being a part of it all with us.

Talk to us, tell us what you’re thinking, what you’re looking for, and join us in our adventure.

Welcome! The world we imagine to be possible is yet to be made!

Our Partner Organizations

Buffalo has so much to offer our curious minds.

Here, LCN spotlights local organizations, businesses and community members who excel at
turning Buffalo into an Education City.

 
 

Featured Organization


practicalplay

Practical Play is a team of educators who believe in the value of real experiences as an essential piece of a great education. Practical Play activities develop students’ inherent curiosity and reinforce skills for active, engaged and highly individual learning practices. Students who participate in Practical Play programs gain the confidence, focus and awareness required to become life-long learners. By fostering close working relationships with a variety of businesses, not for profits and alternative education providers in Western New York, Practical Play is capable of developing diverse and innovative learning experiences relevant to students and their surrounding community. Practical Play activities seek to engage students with the world around them in productive and significant ways.

For more information about Practical Play and how you can participate, visit practicalplay.org.


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Buffalo Rising, Dr. John Newton: Best of Buffalo Urban Immersion

In June, Buffalo Rising featured an article on Best of Buffalo Urban Immersion (see here) – a summer program for ages 12-18, designed to energize the spirits of young people by involving them in many of the exciting ventures in the Western New York community through...

Changing Paradigms- The Inspiration Behind LCN

Sir Ken Robinson:

This RSAnimate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. Watch this lecture in full here.

Building a Culture of Innovation

Presentation at AERO

An Education Cities Vision

by Yaacov Hecht

An Education City perceives the education system as an essential instrument for a citywide development, and the city as a central instrument in the education system’s development.

The city as one big school – An education city is a social educational network, a tangible network focused on the realization and development of both the individual and the city.

Listen to author Yaacov Hecht’s appearance on KGNU’s Morning Magazine to discuss democratic learning environments and the roles of teachers and students within them.