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Connections: What is passion-based learning?


We discuss “passion-based learning” with the co-founder of the MUSE School in Calabasas, California. Rebecca Amis says MUSE encourages children to pursue learning what they love – from wilderness survival training, the fashion design, to wolves – while incorporating concepts like math, science, and writing. The school also emphasizes sustainability and global stewardship; its goal is to be zero net energy, zero net water, and create zero waste.

Amis is in Rochester with Jeff King, the head of the school, for an event at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This hour, we sit down with them to explore MUSE’s teaching philosophy and its outcomes. In studio: