Peter Bergson is the co-founder of two self-directed learning centers in the Philadelphia area: Open Connections ( and Natural Creativity Center ( We discuss Peter’s journey from creativity consultant to early childhood educator, his collaboration with John Holt, fighting for better homeschooling laws in the 80s, growing a tiny self-directed learning center in a bigger and better-funded one, the importance of “sense of belonging” for young people, and his attempt to bring his ideas to inner-city Philadelphia.

Peter stars in the 2020 documentary “Unschooled” (, which I highly recommend.

The new center that his children have started is Cupola Academy (

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