Education—to most of us anyway—is important as it helps us develop our ability to reason. It also allows us to learn about the world through reading and writing which in turn gives us the ability to gain a greater spectrum of knowledge. This is why it’s considered a fundamentally important mission for governments around the world to increase the literacy rates of its citizens, something that contributes the most to the rapid advancement of a country. However, some people consider the traditional way of schooling and teaching a little outdated and according to them what the world needs is not just groups of people who can read and write but also make something creative out of those abilities. That’s how we ended up with some schools that appear to be strange and bizarre at first but in reality are reflections of a more progressive future, such as the School of the Future, which aims to explore ways to better prepare students for success in our digital world and global economy. On the other hand, due to socioeconomic factors such as increasing poverty, there are fewer advanced schools in terms of facilities, such as the Train Platform Schools of India, but which are just as progressive and evolutionary in how they function. But before we say more and ruin it for you, here are 25 Strangely Unique Schools You Won’t Believe Exist.
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Waldorf education is based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. The pedagogy emphasizes the role of the imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of pupils.
Tiny Tits School
Even though nothing’s really weird when it comes to this school’s agenda or nature, its name gives it a naughty character. Wouldn’t you feel strange saying you graduated from Tiny Tits School? Be honest!
Stratton Mountain School
What would you think if we told you there’s a school that focuses on the Winter Olympics? Apparently, Stratton Mountain School in Stratton, Vermont, defines itself as a “winter sports academy.” And they are serious about it since the school has sent fifty-three students to the Olympics, while ninety have been on national US teams.
Hamburger University was founded in 1961 by Ray Kroc to teach the secrets of McDonald’s to eager minds. The first university is located in Oak Brook, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, but it has since spread to Tokyo, London, Sydney and Shanghai. And before you laugh about the whole thing keep in mind that getting into Harvard is currently easier than in McDonald’s University in China, since less than one percent of the applicants will eventually be accepted there.
Play Mountain Place
Play Mountain Place is a child-centered, humanistic, progressive, alternative, experiential, play-based preschool and elementary school located in Los Angeles. For over sixty-five years, children have been encouraged to discover the joys of learning through their own interest, at their own pace, all while being supported by the deepest respect for their dignity and worth. It’s all about self-motivation in this school while programming and standard lessons (history, math, and grammar) have a secondary role.