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"This is not OK anymore ..."
Today many parents in the UK, particularly in England, are standing up in support of 'the joy of learning for learning' and against the persistent drive to turn schools into places of test-driven instruction. This is a genuine grassroots expression, which has created a groundswell where decades and decades of other informed voices have hit brick walls. Well done, and may it shift sands in the political foundations.
No, children do not need testing "in order to ensure that they learn", as some politicians these past few days have repeated. Dear politicians, that is a miserable mindset which damages children – yes high quality education is vital, but some of you are getting in the way. 'This is not ok anymore' to equate 'testing' with high quality. Stop investing in the grindstone; invest in your children, or if you don't have children yourselves, at least have the decency to listen to those who have and - listen to children. It is not hard, and We will All benefit.
Invest in an education which listens to children – you will get your economic value, don't worry about that. But more importantly, you will be investing in decency and humanity.
Today is a good day to share something of the delights and deep learning which it is possible for us to offer to children in our schools today. Here is a celebratory snapshot of children – and their teachers - learning in intensity and joy in some of our recent projects:
Loved the video.
Some days ago a politician knocked on the door for giving us his flyer. When I asked him what his, and his party, idea of school age flexibility and learning through play, he replied (after first asking me where I come from) that "here" - he said - people like the system as it is, and the system is academic. He concluded saying that my son will benefit from a "more academic system", which will guarantee "high quality standard". When I closed the door, I was not depressed but firmly convinced we must do more to stop this way to "disinvest" in the future and create more spaces where our children can be listened!