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No tests, no homework, no grades … no problem at ‘unschools’

February 14, 2018 GMT

By Staff

Sapphire Srigley, now 16, was halfway through the ninth grade at Ewing High School in central New Jersey when she realized she wasn’t cut out for “the social pressures and academic stress” of public education.

“English pushed it over the edge — they were constantly teaching things that were not pertinent to literature and that took away from what I was really interested in, which was French,” said Sapphire. So she was thrilled to find a radical alternative: An unconventional program called the Bucks Learning Cooperative run out of an old white schoolhouse in Langhorne where a teen’s interests set the curriculum.

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