Over the holidays Hannah and I went to the Freedom to Learn forum hosted by Summerhill School, in Leiston Suffolk.
It was so inspiring ! I have known for ages that I want to get more involved in the world of children and education, but that I don't want to become a teacher in UK mainstream school system. At the forum I found a whole group of people involved in alternative, democratic education in a variety of ways. I also found the inspiration to go ahead and start doing stuff. Not to wait to find a course, or a job, but to start my own self-directed research and see where it leads.
My interest is in discovering what is needed to have a learning community where people can follow their own interests and where the rules governing acceptable behaviour are defined (and followed!) by the whole community. How would the school system need to change to give the majority of children access to this type of learning experience ? Maybe not all schools/learning communities have to be like this, but what can we do to create more choice in the UK ?
The end to my blogging season
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