Let’s Re-Imagine School
“[We want to prepare] students for jobs that do not yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet.” – David Rose (Shift Happens)
Watch David’s talk here.
- brings together the generations to learn as a community
- provides a safe place where children can develop and grow into adults they want to become and acquire the (21st-Century) skills and knowledge they need to lead a satisfying and meaningful life in an ever-changing world
- enables older people will provide learning opportunities and encouragement
- acts on critical sustainability issues such as climate change and sustainable consumption and production
- where students will nurture their innate drive for self-motivated exploratory learning and curious playful action oriented inquiry. In mixed age groups they will learn from each other
- sees a school that doesn’t prescribe a curriculum and won’t administer tests, exams, comparisons or grades. The size of the school will be limited to 150 students and adults/older people
- offers flexible attendance (from a minimum of 3 days up to 5 days per week). We don’t want to charge tuition fees
What is Democratic Education?
According to Yacoov Hecht and EUDEC Democratic Education includes:
- A choice of areas of learning: students choose with whom, how, where, when and what they want to learn.
- Democratic self-management: students have equal share in decision making
- Evaluation focusing on the individual: no comparison with others and without tests and grades
These TED talks by Sugata Mitra and Ken Robinson will give you an insight into alternative approaches to education. Simone is looking for people to get involved and make this vision a possibility! Please come along to her meet-up. If you can’t make the meet up but want to get involved, please contact Simone. You can find out more or follow the progress via the Democratic Education Birmingham Facebook page.
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