Monday, May 5, 2008

125 years of change in Calgary schools

Like Tia, Jay Bjornson's most valuable lesson came outside the classroom.

Bjornson quit school midway through Grade 12 with only half of his courses completed at Bishop Carroll High, a school reknowned for its unique self-directed learning program. He left home to avoid the fights with his parents over where his education was going.

"It was a serious learning experience," says Bjornson, who quickly found living with two buddies and working full time was not the bed of roses he'd envisioned.

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