4 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”

  1. Great blog, powerful words and so true. We took our kids out of the school system last year to take a sabbatical, rent our life out and travel. We have learnt so much about our awesome kids, we are returning home to Mumbles in August and confidently making the decision to continue to home school our boys (9 and 5) who just love to learn by seeing and doing and have thrived and grown in confidence hugely in the process. We will follow you and your journey and I am sure you will inspire others. The biggest thing is to have faith that we know better than anyone how each of our kids learn and there is no fit for all as the school system offers. Best of luck with it all. Jo and family (www.bendylegstravels.com)

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  2. A fantastic piece that highlights many issues with the current system. We can’t go on with what we have. It simply isn’t fit for purpose. So myself and a group of like-minded and experienced educators, are proposing a similar shake-up. We’re starting a school, with the student at the centre, and assuming nothing. Only adding what will benefit and future-proof the child. We should talk.

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  3. Hello I hope you don’t mind me contacting you a friend sent me a link to a news item saying you’d like to open a school. Myself and a group of parents have been working for over a year to set up a democrstic learning community, most of the families involved are home or flexi schooling. We are at the point of interviewing a facilitator we have potential sites and 21 children signed up this is our website http://www.coedcarid.org have a look see what you think

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  4. As a teacher in the UK secondary system I have to disagree with the vast majority of what has been written here. I have been teaching for 13 years in a range of different schools. Mostly i have seen young people being given a great start in life through being taught the major academic disciplines that humanity have used to progress. Our surge of creative, technological and scientific endeavours – whilst not without environmental costs – has led to increased quality and longevity of life for the majority and all of this is on the back of the kind of things teenagers start to learn in school. Recently, a combination of cognitive science, educational psychology and educational research hav shown that the most effective way to empower people, and to lead to the conditions where they can think creatively, is to focus on the transmission of foundational knowledge. The reason that we (as adults and experts) can and should dictate this in the army years is because teenage brains – as wonderful as they are – are all over the place, going through neural-pruning and highly volatile periods. Over centuries the wisdom of the elders of the tribe has held authority, and I believe there to be good reason for this. This is not to say that adults are always right and that children should simply be submissive and quiet. However, the misinformed sense that there is no value in experience and greater knowledge leads to ignorance.

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