Friday, April 06, 2007
Bits & Bobs
On the News
Tests 'stopping children playing'
With lessons geared towards assessment, children are bored from the moment they begin formal schooling. Alison Sherratt, teacher, said: children in Year 1 felt "ruled by the bell". This was a "good model for how to switch children off and create failure."
"I've come to believe that genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us... I began to wonder, reluctantly, whether it was possible that being in school itself was what was dumbing them down. Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children's power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and the confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behaviour." – John Taylor Gatto
Derbyshire Council: Educating your child at home
Something to Watch Online: An alternate education school set-up in South India that allows the natural blossoming of the child.
Isha Home School - An Intro - Part 1
Isha Home School - An Intro - Part 2