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new learning model

New American Academy Tries Student Independence Over Teacher-Led Lessons

New American Academy is a school located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that was founded by Shimon Waronker. The school began its school year with four teachers in large, open classrooms with 60 students instead of assigning one teacher to 25 students like most traditional classrooms. New American Academy encourages student independence over teacher-led lessons, scientific inquiry over memorization and freedom and self-expression over strict structure and discipline.

Waronker developed the idea for this learning model with several Harvard graduate students. This idea was sparked from the success seen at an elite boarding school in New Hampshire called Phillips Exeter Academy, where students work together and hold discussions around tables. Instead of using an elite school for this model of education, Waronker decided to try it in one of the nation’s toughest learning environments. He wanted to prove that this method could work for any child in any environment.

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