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What would your own school be like?

linc68linc68 Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
I have been thinking about opening a school for a little while. Just by talking here and there about it, I have met other parents interested in it. So, maybe this will happen if we start now.
International, accessible by everyone and personalized education are the key words for me.
If you could open your own school what would it be like?


  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,747 mod
    I think my school would be less focused on geographical location, and more on being truly accessible regardless of race, gender, culture, belief, or postcode, and with learning support available 24/7.

    Anyone who signed up to attend would have to be 100% committed, not just the teachers and pupils, but the parents too.

    The children would receive guidance, but in the end they would be free to decide for themselves how to spend their time, and what to learn. The emphasis would be on learning through doing, and for the younger children that would mean learning through playing. No timetables, no tests, no uniforms, and beyond providing a safe environment, the children would set their own rules.
  • linc68linc68 Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
    Awesome @Lynne ! I love the openness of your perfect school. Well, in a way you have already created it right here! It is the LEN! :)
  • linc68linc68 Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
    My goddaughter (17 y.o.) would like a school very close from her home to avoid problems with public transport. She also suggested no age limits, which means everybody would learn together even parents.
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,708 mod
    Thank you for this link my friend. @linc68
    Hope to see you soon in our Skype sessions. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,763 mod
    I like your daughter's suggestion that anyone of any age should be able to join @linc68.
  • linc68linc68 Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
    Yes, it's nice! This sas my goddaughter @mheredge . My daughter was quite at a loss because she loves her school as it is!
  • linc68linc68 Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
    A friend (60 something y.o.): "children need to learn the value of respecting others and being respected".
    A mother of 3 (30 something y.o.): "I would like to be allowed to learn things too, a new language for instance".
    Another friend (70 something y.o.): "if grandparents can attend too, then they need to be taught with great patience. They lack self-confidence when it's about learning, so they must not be tested or pushed to their limits".
    Another mother of 3 (40 something y.o.): "children should spend several hours a day outside, learning in the forest for example".
    What do you think?
  • linc68linc68 Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
    Last Friday evening I got the confirmation by a brain expert there are no limits to the number of languages a person can learn (only emotional ones, like fear). Besides, he confirmed anybody could learn a new language at any age.
    What a satisfaction to get one's feelings and convictions backed up by a scientific expert!
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,747 mod
    ...children should spend several hours a day outside, learning in the forest for example.
    Everyone should spend several hours a day outside. :smiley:
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,747 mod
    I agree with some of the criticisms levelled at it, and IMHO education shouldn't be for profit.
  • linc68linc68 Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
    At least they are trying. However I cannot imagine how the teacher can keep hold of his students' attention while reading his lesson plan on the tablet.
  • linc68linc68 Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
    I have tried Khan Academy. It seems pretty good and truly able to perform "personalized education". I will let my daughters try some maths on it.
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,747 mod
    edited June 2016
    I'm glad you like it. The Khan Academy is a great model to follow, and EdX is quite good too. Unlike Coursera, they are trying to keep it free.
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