I realized: kids casually get exposed to all kinds of things. We aren’t in control of whether they get exposed to the “right” things or not. Even experts can’t guarantee that children are “exposed” to the subjects that will be relevant and interesting for any one child’s present, or that they will need it in their future.
Pathfinder removes the “teacher bottleneck.” Anyone can share information they have, and anyone looking for information can go wherever they think that information exists. Really, this is the way knowledge looks in the 21st century, in the age of the internet and social networks. Anyone can share information, and everyone is free to look for information.
“Before the program started, he wasn’t sure he wanted to go and at one point asked to back out, but agreed to give it a two week trial. After the first day he was excited to stay for the spring session. After the first week he wanted to go back for fall. After the second week, he was worried he would age out in three years.”
But there is one problem. Learning through failure requires time. And time is one thing that schools, with their standardized curricula, cannot usually afford.