Buzz·Posted on Jan 15, 201426 Lessons You Only Learn In Progressive SchoolYou would say store-bought granola is for the birds, but you would never feed high-fructose corn syrup to birds.by Ariane LangeBuzzFeed News ReporterFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. If someone asked you what a quiz was, you could not have really said. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Columbia Pictures / gifrific.com "I'm more of a holistic learner." 2. Blocks. You were all about blocks. All learning starts with a block. Flickr: mujitra / Creative Commons 3. You didn't just make art. You lived it. Flickr: 44258887@N04 / Creative Commons 4. You probably did some kind of activity in an overgrown field, because weeds are beautiful, too. Nature, man. Flickr: strugglingphotos / Creative Commons 5. You took a field trip to a farm so you would be less alienated from the growing and harvesting of your food. Flickr: 73645804@N00 6. After you got back from the farm, you wrote a play about it. Flickr: katarzynab / Creative Commons 7. You supported unions and took field trips to picket lines. Flickr: wearemichigan / Creative Commons Everyone deserves a decent wage. 8. "The war on Christmas" is an alien concept to you — why wouldn't you want to be as inclusive as possible? Happy holidays, everyone, please come join the music circle! Flickr: 47858762@N02 9. Everyone was required to learn to sign at least one song. Flickr: 63723146@N08 This wasn't that difficult because at least one person at your school could sign fluently. 10. I'm not saying you learned to play recorder before you learned to read, but I'm not saying you didn't learn to play recorder before you learned to read. Flickr: 24742305@N00 / Creative Commons Squeaky rendition of "We Shall Overcome," anyone? 11. It was just that your teachers encouraged you to learn at your own pace and follow your passions, and sometimes that meant you were more of a painter than a reader. Flickr: 50169152@N06 12. You aspired to play the big marimba at the school-wide sing-along. Flickr: 23807199@N00 Someday. Someday. 13. You learned at least four different versions of mancala. Flickr: 7776449@N06 14. "Can people learn anything without first making a diorama?" you would wonder to yourself as you took a diorama nap. Flickr: monkeymashbutton / Creative Commons 15. Some parent at your school drove an old-school bus, and it was super dope. Flickr: seo / Creative Commons Please for the love of mother earth, let me be in this car for the field trip. 16. It's hard to say what you learned building that volcano, but you built the shit out of that volcano. Flickr: puuikibeach / Creative Commons 17. Beeswax is magic. Flickr: 23486697@N04 A fistful of warm beeswax could occupy you for hours. 18. Some people see toilet paper rolls as trash, but you see monsters... Flickr: 98925031@N08 ...or little pots for your seedlings. Flickr: 45605988@N03 / Creative Commons Reuse is more powerful than recycling, y'all. You know because you probably wrote a song about that. 19. Same with tiny scraps of felt. Flickr: erinsiffing / Creative Commons No piece of felt was too small to transform; your creativity knew no bounds! 20. It was hard to rebel when everyone was always teaching you about how you needed to rebel. Flickr: sarahkw / Creative Commons WHAT AM I REBELLING AGAINST 21. Store-bought costumes were a definite no-no. Making that costume yourself built character. Flickr: 10506540@N07 The paper cuts you got from the paper costume you made also built character. 22. Maypoles were your jam. Flickr: firefighter0793 / Creative Commons 23. Not a day went by when you didn't craft with yarn. Flickr: 33953253@N00 Everyone in your family had a two-foot-long, stick-skinny, finger-knit scarf. 24. Eggs? Yeah, you dyed those suckers. Flickr: edenpictures / Creative Commons Beauty is everywhere. 25. Paper lanterns, colorful scarves, and feathers were a huge part of your educational experience. Flickr: macinate / Creative Commons Like going to school in a silk-lined womb. 26. When you grew up, all of this made you a weird adult. Flickr: fuzzy / Creative Commons You wouldn't have it any other way.