These are stories from actual North Star members and their parents.
Stream of consciousness: waking up knowing that today would be another day of just going to high school; knowing that I'm going to be confined to these mandatory classes that have very little meaning to me;
I started North Star about this time last year, when I was 15 and in 10th grade. My guidance counselor had politely suggested that I take an extended break from my schooling...
Tobias Baskin, a professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, left high school to pursue his passions. He ended up at Yale University and on to a life in academia. In 2010 North Star awarded him with our annual Celebration of Self-Directed Learning Award. This is his acceptance speech where he tells his amusing and inspirational journey away from traditional schooling and back again. You can't see it, but he got a standing ovation.