Monday, 14 April 2008

Is there an opportunity to avoid the chaos in education?

One idea I'm exploring is the time before 'schools' of any kind.

Inspired by floor 3 of the Baltic art gallery, Newcastle - a children's floor!

Is there a space in time where we can just call it 'growing up'?

Starting with birth for perhaps four years when groups of people get together in loose communities for mutual support and enjoyment.

People who are free and would enjoy meeting come together to 'do and talk' and maybe eat.

No one gets paid. Charges only to cover costs.

People are those who have time. Could be :

Youngsters

Parents

Retired

Not working

Those on holiday.

Suggest some loose activity - making pottery when people can chat, drink tea, watch the kids, kids watch the others, oldies give 'wisdom' and gain lively activities!

Anyone come across anything like this?

Probably common place in none western societies!

2 comments:

simonbeaner said...

Based on your response to the video of Sir Ken Robinson on Edutopia's site, I thought you might be interested in this article also on Edutopia, about a program in North Carolina that is using a fantastic approach to education that preserves creativity - now working with 5000 kids. http://www.edutopia.org/bright-idea-gaming-creative-teaching
It seems to correlate with your work in the UK.
Thanks for all you do!
Julie

Geoff Dellow said...

What a wonderful comment!

Thanks Julie

Will investigate!