At This School, Students Rule the Classroom

Monday, July 28, 2014

At this school, there are no tests, or textbooks—and the students are the teachers. (Shutterstock/Shutterstock)

When Sam Levin was 16-years-old, he decided to take charge of his own education. Working with administrators at his public high school, he launched the "Independent Project," a semester-long, student-led program that eliminated the traditional role of teachers.

So instead of textbook homework assignments, the usual line-up of pop quizzes, and final exams, each semester students design their own curriculum and carry out their own independent projects.

Sam Levin, the program's founder, and Zoe Borden, a recent graduate, explain the Independent Project.


Zoe Borden and Sam Levin

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Allie Ferguson and Kaitlin Roberts


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Sarah from Austin, TX

Great story. I would love to hear more about innovative programs like this, such as the Philly Free School.

Jul. 29 2014 12:21 PM
Gary from Bronx

Bravo, Sam. Going forward, how can parents and schools bring out the desire and expectation on the part of all students (N-HS) to love learning? In the case of Independent Project, what sorts of techniques does the group model to help a person to clarify the focus question of research? Good luck with your study of neuroscience.

Jul. 28 2014 10:51 AM

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