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 However, some people consider the traditional way of schooling and teaching a little outdated and according to them what the world needs is not just groups of people who can read and write but also make something creative out of those abilities.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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Naropa University is a private liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado. Founded in 1974 by the Tibetan Buddhist Chögyam Trungpa, it is named for the eleventh-century Indian Buddhist sage Naropa, an abbot of Nalanda. Naropa promotes nontraditional activities like meditation to supplement traditional learning approaches.
Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment
Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment is an independent college preparatory school located in Fairfield, Iowa. The school has an open admissions policy and its curriculum includes the practice of transcendental meditation as well as traditional academic subjects and a course in the science of creative intelligence. Despite being an unusual school, its students have received numerous awards in state, national, and international competitions for science, the arts, creativity, and athletics, with the boys’ tennis team winning multiple national titles.
Harvey Milk High School
The Harvey Milk High School is a public high school in the East Village of New York City designed for, though not limited to, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, as well as those questioning their sexuality. It is named after San Francisco, California, supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to office.
Gulu Elementary School
Gulu is a remote Chinese mountain village located in a national park filled with canyons, precipices, and overhanging rocks. The village’s primary school is probably the most remote in the world. Lying halfway up a mountain, it takes five hours to climb from the base to the school.
A forest kindergarten is a type of preschool for children between ages three and six that is held almost exclusively outdoors. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to play, explore, and learn in a forest or natural environment. They are also known as Waldkindergarten in Germany where they are quite popular.