What ARE we making schools do?

“This week, we have been focusing on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. We have been practising using the past and present tense and the children have learnt how to use the present progressive and past progressive tense.”

inspireGreat – I’m sure that inspired them and made them excited to communicate. Look, I know grammar is needed, but when they are six?

How about instilling a passion for learning, not for making a grade? Get them excited about what they can achieve, not what they can’t yet do. Build a joy of curiosity, not just repeat what they “should” know. Make them explorers of the unknown, testing and creating their worlds.

We remember those teachers that inspired us and those memories are still fresh in our minds – let’s allow this generation of teachers to be that inspiration that they must be and not shackle them with tests, levels and grades.

As parents, we need to trust that are children want to learn, they will follow our example, so set them an example of life-long learning – they will thank you for it!

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The aim of education

What is the aim of education?

  • To be prepared for the future.
  • To expand awareness.
  • To learn from the past.
  • To instil resilience to persevere.
  • To think for oneself.
  • To understand oneself and become that which you want to be, need to be and can be.

And finally, education is a life long journey. If you stop learning, you stop living.

Credit: Photo by Elliott Wade

Into The Wind

21832626-0-documentary-uk-websiA long overdue post from me, but I’ve been inspired by two “world schooler” families, who travel the world as a family, learn together as they experience new cultures and experience. Incredibly creative, they find their passions and run towards them…hard.

You will be inspired by their lifestyle, and they’ve made a film, called “Into the Wind” to share why, what and how they live:

Set against the backdrop of the contemporary status quo, this film explores the transformational life choices a growing number of families are embracing. Where the world is both teacher and provider, families shed cultural expectations, challenge preconceptions of money and success, examine what it means to be educated and redefine the concept of community and home.

On an ongoing journey of learning and discovery, travel is a way of life, a way of interacting with the world and connecting with its people. So old in its origins, Into the Wind could be the modern answer to what we’re all seeking.

Sign up now to sneak a preview of the film’s trailer at intothewindfilm.com.

8 Competencies Schools Should Teach Now

creativeschoolsBack to Sir Ken Robinson again. In his book, Creative Schools, he outlines eight core competencies that schools should facilitate if they are really going to help students succeed in their lives:

  1. Curiosity – the ability to ask questions and explore how the world works
  2. Creativity – the ability to generate new ideas and to apply them in practice
  3. Criticism – the ability to analyse information and ideas and to form reasoned arguments and judgments
  4. Communication – the ability to express thoughts and feelings clearly and confidently in a range of media and forms
  5. Collaboration – the ability to work constructively with others
  6. Compassion – the ability to emphasise with others and to act accordingly
  7. Composure – the ability to connect with inner life and feeling and develop a sense of personal harmony and balance
  8. Citizenship – the ability to engage constructively with society and to participate in the processes that sustain it

It’s a great list, and completely challenging if you have children that are in education sytems…