Click on the links below to read some of our interviews with progressive education providers (i.e. schools and learning communities) to find out why progressive education is important to them and how education could be reimagined for the 21st century.
“Students can literally learn anything that they want. We encourage students to be challenging and creative in what they want to do with their lives.”
“In a safe, rich environment, healthy, vibrant community, with minimal adult intervention – but strong modelling – children become educated through instinct.”
“Montessori states that “the education of even a small child does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life,” and this should be how it is.”
“It is only when you put the child’s needs as the starting point for determining their education that you really equip them to flourish, and that is what I believe the purpose of education should be.”
“SDE is a civil rights issue for me, rather than a lifestyle choice or education option. I believe that deep consent in education is a non-negotiable from a human rights perspective.”
“When we partner with learners, they can follow their interests and be empowered to know themselves well and be who they are. It’s the natural way we learn. With this type of approach there is synergy and flow rather than angst.”
“Children learn best when they follow their own interests, are enthused and engaged, they learn by doing and exploring; in situations when they don’t even realise they are learning. In order to do this we need to step away from the traditional hierarchical/authoritarian approach to education.”
“We need individuals that are able to quickly adapt to the rapid changes in our society, that are emotionally resilient and aware. This demands lateral thinkers and problem solvers to which the current system does not necessarily create or nurture.
“The Montessori approach is a global philosophy for life. At its core, it is a child-centred approach to learning that’s backed by scientific evidence showing children develop best through active learning, within an enabling environment…”
“If we place the emphasis on making sure every child is able to take ownership of their learning then I believe schools would be able to evolve into completely different learning environments.”
“Sometimes we learn how to negotiate, how to speak up for ourselves, how to admit our fears to our trusting group. We learn, but we learn when we’re not noticing that we’re learning.”
Read more personal stories here.