There is a growing movement of people who are looking for alternatives to conventional education and questioning the status quo. This is reflected in the increasing number of families opting to home educate, and pioneers setting up their own schools and learning communities, the explosion of campaigns calling for reform and transformation, and the growing number of initiatives to bring about change from within.
We have been speaking to parents/carers, teachers, education innovators, psychologists and researchers to investigate the reasons for the growing dissatisfaction with our state education system. You can read some of our interviews in our Voices from the Sector section. The concerns that people are voicing broadly fit into the following fifteen themes. Here are the changes that people want to see within state education:
The more we investigate, the more it seems that education needs to be reimagined. People are concerned that conventional schooling is outdated and not fit for the 21st century, and that our National Curriculum exacerbates social injustices. Many would say that the system needs to be transformed rather than reformed.
The concerns that people voice and the significant changes that need to be made lead many to believe that conventional schooling is in conflict with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Read more…
If you would like to help bring about positive change to the state education system, please visit our Get Involved section where you can find out about campaigning for change and supporting schools to enhance the student experience.