LOOP is: An intergenerational unschooling ecosystem.
Birthed from the rejection of traditional systems the limit, confine and oppress, LOOP began in 2020, shortly after the murder of George Floyd. Several families had been at various points of their self-directed education paths at a local “school”. The passing of Floyd brought up an opportunity for growth, and the school community decided against making a statement of support. That lead several families to leave and begin to reimagine what love and caring looked like within a setting of learning. There were many aspects of the previous school that were enjoyable, so we took what worked, and left what didn’t. Covid took hold of the world, and forced the group to “pod together” as we figured life out. Being forced to slow down, focus on basal needs, and think about how we interact with one another allowed LOOP to form organically.
Coming out of the pandemic, LOOP exists on the foundation of intergenerational lifelong learning. Understanding that learning looks different for everyone, at different times, we’ve created a big enough “container” to support our community in the ways they grow best. Part self-directed education. Some agile learning center. A bit of Sudbury. A dash of flying squad. Lots of coworking. All supportive.
We play together. A lot. We believe unstructured play is beneficial for growing minds (and already “grown” minds). We believe in the power of intergenerational interaction. Adults work, when possible, next to children. Sometimes its the same activity. Sometimes everyone is doing their own thing and people can bop around and be curious about what each other is doing. The energy, curiosity, questions this generates fosters new ideas and learning.
We don’t believe in tests, grades, or grade levels. We do believe in trusting all individuals to know what they need; especially when they’re supported enough to explore.