Lyn Lesch founded and directed The Children’s School of Evanston, Illinois for twelve years from 1991 to 2003. The school, an alternative, democratically run school for students six to fourteen years of age, received widespread attention in the Chicago print and electronic media as a unique approach to education; with lengthy articles being written about it in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Reader, as well as being featured on National Public Radio and both CBS and CLTV in Chicago.
The students at the school negotiated and developed their own individual learning plans; voted at weekly democratic meetings on many of the rules by which the school was governed; had a significant hand in determining the subject matter of classes and group lessons; experienced freedom of movement throughout the day in pursuing their educational objectives; and were not subjected to standardized testing and grades.
“I believe that as time goes on, Lyn’s views on education, though not now on many people’s radar screens, will become increasingly significant. He sees so clearly into the minds of young people that I often chuckle at how I could have missed such obvious truths.”
Bill Pollack, former parent at The Children’s School
“Lesch’s dedication to truth and children’s experiences, and his profound questioning of the meaning of healthy and significant education for our youth, have led him to develop important and interesting work that society needs to see.”
Sarah Kinnison, former teacher at The Children’s School
“In an era when educators at all levels are decrying the lack of critical and creative thinking among their students, Lyn’s critique of current educational approaches and their impact on the learning and educational development of students is thought-provoking and much needed work.
Jim Wasner, associate professor and department head of clinical psychology programs, Argosy University of Chicago