Children need nurturing communities that meet their needs. They require an environment that encourages and supports exploration, discovery, courage, trial and error, imagination, creation, self regulation. Oh and the joy-don’t forget the wonder and joy and the all out hilarity. In this way children can begin to make sense of a confusing world. Adults need/must be an integral part of these communities as facilitators, guides, brave explorers, caretakers and joy partners. This way we make sense of a confusing world together.
An Inside and Outside Classroom.
Progressive education ( constructivist) is based on scientific theory and research, providing a framework for educators to transform theory to practice.
A quality progressive classroom is thoughtfully planned to provoke and evoke critical thinking in an atmosphere that is both intellectually challenging yet relishes and honors the spirit of childhood. Expect action, dirt and the hum of industry. Project work is collaborative, facilitating the involvement of people no matter their skill level or development. People learn to listen to and to appreciate the abilities and ideas of others. And to learn from them. The educators role is to guide and facilitate the process. Not to dictate or control expectations of product.
Play is understood as being incredibly important and so the environment welcomes it, supports it, and provides extended periods of time for the process. There is no recess. There is no need for it. People are active physically and intellectually all day.
It is tricky for educators and parents (adults) to find effective ways to facilitate compassionate, democratic school classroom communities. Facilitate means guide. Guide. Not dictate. Not exert &…
Source: Democracy in the Garden? Quick thoughts..
Time to do this…time to do that..now go to music..now go to art…now do math in groups…spelling time…now eat your food..now go to the toilet. Now do your mindfulness breathing so you can “let it go”. Kids and teachers are regulated all day long in school. Just stop it.
What is school for? Is it for sorting, counting, and measuring people to determine which slot to place them in for the unquestioning & optimum performance of a system ?
Or is it a place where people are welcomed, engaged, nurtured and invited to try new things in order to become compassionate , smart and expert navigators in a world that is ever-changing and that needs smart, socially competent and flexible thinkers?
The first day of school sets the tone for an individual’s school experience. A person’s school experience effects their growth and development as social and intellectual beings. It shapes self concept.
Beginnings are incredibly important.
The opt out movement in New York State is growing strong, and in other parts of the country we are seeing the beginnings of resistance. Please join with others of conscience to oppose high stakes testing..which is attached to and part of a terrible trajectory to privatize schools in the US and some parts of Europe. Knowledge and opportunity to learn and grow needs to belong to all of humanity..not only to the privileged.
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Osamudia R. James: School Choice as Racial Subordination.