Some say that a group of high school students are much less likely to raise their hands than first graders, because they are nervous to be wrong.

At Blue School, we nurture a sense of courage to be oneself, to take risks, to fail, and try again. The work we do requires brave and active thinking, and courageous participation in learning. "A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement." [Rachel Carson] At Blue School, this begins at age 2 and never ends.

 
I was probably 14, at least, when I knew what I wanted to be, but it took me until I was 34 to really try to do it. So it’s 20 years that I was just lost. My child is learning the confidence -- that lack of fear—to try something new, to try and fail. He tells me, “I can do anything!” –Blue School parent