A grassroots movement is forming in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans with the goal of offering a true educational alternative to the traditional system of public education that has long failed many of our community’s young people. We are educators, students, parents and others who believe that freedom and democracy are not just textbook concepts, but a way of living and learning - for our children as well as ourselves. The New Orleans Liberation Academy (NOLA) operates as an independent home-school resource center for youth who have not found success in traditional school environments, yet need and deserve a supportive place to learn and grow. We work with a small number of students now as we are developing and will begin formally accepting new students in September 2011. Interested students and parents should contact us for more information on how to apply.
"The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom," (1994, p.207).
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