A School With No Classrooms Or Grades? Sweet!

By Meera Dolasia on February 15, 2012

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Though teaching techniques have come a long way, the mode of communicating them remains pretty much the same since the concept of school was invented - Students of varying calibers and interests are forced into a classroom, where they spend the day learning from a pre-determined curriculum. Now, a European country is trying to change that by building radical schools that have no classrooms, no preset subject lessons and best of all, no grades!

The philosophy behind Sweden's Free School Organization called Vitro, is that children are creative and that their learning and ideas are as important as those of the CEO of Google or any other Fortune 500 company, so why not give them a similar environment - One in which they can be successful and thrive?

To foster that, the schools are built with unique learning spaces in lieu of traditional classrooms. Not only that, even the curriculum is taught in a radical way - Using mobile phones, computers and e-readers.

Also, there is no 'right' or 'wrong' kind of education. The school believes that everything is a learning experience - whether it involves a serious science project or making a movie inside the school's recording studio or even, recapping one's day on an audio diary!

Vitro's latest campus, which opened in August of 2011, has five learning spaces - The Cave, a secluded area where students concentrate on individual projects, The Lab, where students can conduct all kinds of experiments and test practical ideas, The Camp Fire, where they can collaborate with other like-minded kids on projects and finally, The Show Off, which as the name indicates, is where they can strut their skills, inventions or whatever else they want to 'show off' to their peers. Also, in case kids need a break from all this hard core studying, they can visit The Watering Hole, which has all kinds of fun activities lined up.

And while this may sound like a rather haphazard way of learning, the schools do have a method to their madness - Every student that enrolls in any of the 30 Vitro school campuses, begins with a one-on-one session with a teacher, who helps him/her chart an education plan. From thereon, armed with a school provided laptop he/she can spend the day studying individually on one of the comfortable lounges spread through the building or work in groups with other students.

If they need help, the students can attend one of the pre-designated group sessions where educators are teaching other kids that are on a similar level. While there are no tests or grades, each child is monitored by a teacher and their progress is tracked online and shared with both the student and parents.

Sounds great? Wait till you hear the best part! These uber-cool schools are totally free! That's because they are part of the country's public school system and the only requirement to attend them is that one parent is a Swedish taxpayer. We wonder if other school systems around the world will follow Sweden's lead and adopt similar techniques - Now that, would be sweet! To read more about these schools and their unusual philosophy check out http://vittra.se.

Resources: vittra.se, odditycentral.com, homedit.com

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  • scigirlronni
    scigirlronniThursday, June 1, 2017 at 11:47 am
    How is it school then?
    • kman910
      kman910Monday, May 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm
      • happyplayz
        happyplayzSunday, May 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm
        Sweet, I would love to go to one of these schools but I live no where near this place.
        • qrtty
          qrttyWednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm
          I want to go to one so badly!
          • StaticThursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:50 am
            There is a reason why there are schools,there are reason why you are learning.with these type of scools theres nothing you are learning here. you cant call this a school if your not learning. I know it is good if they have safe class room but this is to far. Kids need to be smart because this world needs more smart people. - A 5th grader
            • onehandedwonder
              onehandedwonderMonday, May 15, 2017 at 6:44 am
              it is learning and I want to go to one
            • star223
              star223Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:51 am
              cool but you need education
              • THOMAS= AWSOMEThursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:59 am
                This is not a good idea because they might not even work and they wont be getting educated and if they don't know what is right or wrong when they grow up they won't know what is right or wrong and they might not even know math reading science and social studies.
                • Your FaceMonday, February 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm
                  What if they don't do work at all?
                  • ReaganWednesday, February 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm
                    This is so cool! But like dictionary, you really don't get so much education. It looks fun though. And you don't get to go to connect etherโ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜›
                    • dictionary
                      dictionarySaturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:01 am
                      This IS nice, but does it actually educate people to be ready when they grow up? No right or wrong? When kids grow up, they have to learn about what's right or wrong. Also, no subjects? Do they get taught math, social studies, science, reading, and more? They need to learn math to add stuff and multiply when they grow up, because that's important. Writing and reading is important, too. You need to learn more words, and reading helps you do that. Learning cursive is important when you're older because you must sign stuff in cursive, and if you don't know how, that's bad for when you're older. No grades? We need grades so we can set goals more often. Example: I want to get a B+ or higher in math at the end of this quarter. I know this stuff might sound nice, but have you really thought over it? Free is good, but paying for a real education is way more worth it.
                      • zak2109
                        zak2109Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8:27 am
                        I agree so much
                        • thunderbike
                          thunderbikeThursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:05 am
                          good point

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