Lyn Lesch founded and directed The Children’s School of Evanston, Illinois for twelve years from 1991 to 2003. The school, an alternative, democratically run school for students six to fourteen years of age, received widespread attention in the Chicago print and electronic media as a unique approach to education; with lengthy articles being written about it in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Reader, as well as being featured on National Public Radio and both CBS and CLTV in Chicago.
The students at the school negotiated and developed their own individual learning plans; voted at weekly democratic meetings on many of the rules by which the school was governed; had a significant hand in determining the subject matter of classes and group lessons; experienced freedom of movement throughout the day in pursuing their educational objectives; and were not subjected to standardized testing and grades.
Presently, Lyn is devoting himself to writing plays and works of fiction that connect classic existential literature and science (e.g. Dostoevsky, Camus, Kafka, Einstein) to the modern world; in addition to having recently written and published a book, Intelligence in the Digital Age: How the Search for Something Larger May Be Imperiled, which concerns how the Internet and digital devices may be affecting people’s minds and brains to the point where it becomes increasingly harder for them to seek a larger, more expansive consciousness.