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Shocked Parents Find the Blue Man Group’s Educational Philosophy ‘Unstructured’

Blue Man Group founders Phil Stanton, Chris Wink and Matt Goldman pose for a photo at the Blue Man Group's 20th anniversary reunion show to benefit The Blue School at the Astor Theater on April 13, 2011 in New York City.
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Did you know those creepy dudes in the bald caps and blue paint founded an experimental school for kids in lower Manhattan? It’s called the Blue School and it costs $32,000 a year for children age 2 through fifth grade, but doesn’t bother with tests or books or a set arrival time, favoring “an integrated, emergent, child-centered curriculum.” According to disappointed parents in today’s New York Post, it’s not working:

One mother, who is yanking her son at the end of the school year, complained that the school is “unstructured.”

When a 6-year-old says they’re bored, there’s a problem,” the mother said. “I think they bit off more than they can chew.” 

“It’s all fun and games until you realize your second-grader can’t read,” a parent wrote on

And the laundry bills must be outrageous.

Blue Man Group School Is ‘Unstructured’