Sit in one of our schools and you are likely to see a variety of learning styles and levels within each classroom.
One-Room is more than just a way to build schools with limited resources in any community. The reason that one-room types of education have worked for most of human history is that students learn from each other. Advanced students get to learn from those who are older and more advanced. Remedial education happens when older students watch the younger students do their lessons.
Aletheia is training teachers to manage joyful communities of learning. Joyful learning is not created in highly regimented, specialized, graded systems. Instead, we learn from each other when the weak and the strong study together.
In The One-Room School Method, diversity is part of the learning experience. Languages, ages, and neurological differences, are all part of God’s incredible tapestry of learning which makes One-Room more organic and less industrial than traditional 20th Century Education.
Many modern schools specialize their education to the point that students are completely removed from the community of learning.
Diverse students are given resources to leave the classroom. Rather than learning to be a part of something, they’re sent out to learn on their own.
Advanced students are isolated in their own classes.
Slower students are kept in their remedial classes.
On the other hand, in One-Room we build bridges of communication. Some students learn faster in math, some learn faster in language. We can all learn more about how our brains process information by having sensory-sensitive classmates.
In a one-room school, every member of the community learns from each other.