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A 17 year Old’s Journey to Discovering Glacier Lake (democratic) School

“#DoItForTheCAS.” The screen of my phone lit up with yet another notification from one of my fellow International Baccalaureate classmates. Our Facebook group was active, now even in summer, and every time I glanced up from the Lego game I was playing with the… Continue Reading “A 17 year Old’s Journey to Discovering Glacier Lake (democratic) School”

Not another new curriculum paradigm!

Many people seem to think that they have come up with the best way of educating children.  For decades, educators have been trying to adapt, change and re-mold the learning experience for our young people. Many of the schools who boast a new, progressive… Continue Reading “Not another new curriculum paradigm!”

The Horrendous Hierarchy of Subjects

My niece, who is thirteen and lives in the UK, recently needed to choose what GCSE subjects she will take next year. It is that time in her life where she needs to sit down and decide her subject choices for the next two… Continue Reading “The Horrendous Hierarchy of Subjects”

I Just Need Some Time and Space

Many of us may have heard someone we love or care about say “I just need some time and space”. You may have said it yourself. This sometimes-earth-shattering phrase can be the ‘writing on the wall’ when it comes to a relationship or partnership. It can… Continue Reading “I Just Need Some Time and Space”

My Journey to the Learning Project, Ibiza

In 2013, when my daughter was 5 years old, my wife and I decided we didn’t want her to go to a traditional school anymore. Things had been building up for a while, but the tipping point was when she was visited for a… Continue Reading “My Journey to the Learning Project, Ibiza”

Responsibility and Accountability

“If you take away the responsibility it is replaced with accountability,” Pasi Sahlberg, the educator, author and scholar, said in the context of education. This phrase in a school setting can be better understood when we talk about GERM, which is another term that… Continue Reading “Responsibility and Accountability”

The decline of free, unstructured play and the rise of depression amongst our teens

Below, is an article published in the Missoulian newspaper on October the 5th by Ben Kestner in response to an earlier editorial. I read the editorial section of the Missoulian this Wednesday with particular interest as a parent and as a teacher/administrator of some… Continue Reading “The decline of free, unstructured play and the rise of depression amongst our teens”

Student Empowered Learning

There needs to be a paradigm shift in the way that schools treat children and their approach to the learning process. Understanding how humans learn best is the key to understanding what strategic shifts are needed. Many anthropological studies show that we are, as… Continue Reading “Student Empowered Learning”

Competition, scores, metrics and targets. The Education Industry steams on, but where are the Children?

We need to face the reality of a modern school system that doesn’t recognize children as individuals, but rather as cogs in a machine that feeds the education industry. Drawing on Plato’s allegory, imagine some people who live in a cave, their backs to… Continue Reading “Competition, scores, metrics and targets. The Education Industry steams on, but where are the Children?”

Why Schools Need to Provide Children an Environment in Which to Flourish

A recent article in the British newspaper The Guardian entitled, “Schools Not Preparing Children to Succeed in an A.I. Future” highlights a British bipartisan education report that said, ‘Most of what people learn in schools and colleges today will probably be irrelevant by the… Continue Reading “Why Schools Need to Provide Children an Environment in Which to Flourish”

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