Conformity to the lowest common denominator becomes the focus of education with every passing year.

About schools

Note: This page is a stub. I don't know enough about Canadian schools yet to form a strong opinion. I've only seen JK and SK so far, which by the way, to my great surprise are amazing in our school. I'm currently in observation mode...but I do have tons of ideas already:

Awesome classrooms

Go ahead and Google awesome classroom and you will see that 99% of these awesome classrooms are for kindergarten kids or maybe grade one or two. Why aren't classrooms awesome in every class? What happens after grade one or two? This alarming shift from awesomeness to numbing conformity is my concern, this is why this page exists.

The Gap School

Skills schools don't teach, but should.

Ken Robinson's school

In an interview kids give him a cheque for 1,000,000,000,000,000 to spend on building a school but before they sign the cheque they ask him to describe the kind of school he would create (you'll find part 2 and part 3 on Youtube).

  • open all day, no set start/end times
  • all ages welcome, mixed classes
  • school is about exploring - including ourselves
  • after school programs, where the interesting stuff happens, should happen during the day
  • kids can teach teachers too
  • no homework
  • assessment is important but feedback is better than grades
  • classes to include art, dance, theatre, literature and these classes should be as important as sciences, math and humanities
  • all classes compulsory at first, then selective after 11-13yrs +
  • recess when needed: as kids finish the project they are working on or when they feel like they need a break

My general observations about schools

  • Treats everyone as if they were idiots
  • Repetitive
  • Mundane
  • Lacks challange
  • No respect for teachers
  • Aims for lowest common denominator
  • Fails to sparke curosity
  • Teaches out of context - no big picture
  • Goal is to pass standardized tests
  • Too much homework
  • Destroys appreciation for books
  • Discourages questions
  • Punishes mistakes
  • Doesn't teach rigour

How to learn?

  • Managable challenges / chunks
  • Success / praise
  • Failure is part of learning

TBD

Homework

TBD

Academics

TBD

Drama, music, arts

TBD

Testing

TBD

Socializing

TBD

Friends, teachers, parents

TBD

Full day kindergarten

TBD

After school programs

TBD

Summer

TBD

Physical education

TBD

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