Click on the links below to read some of our interviews with teachers, teacher training graduates and educationalists to find out why progressive education is important to them and how education could be reimagined for the 21st century.
“If enough people start thinking about these issues then we can begin to figure out how to take things forward. Unless the problem is recognised and discussed, there can be no chance of overcoming it.”
“More time should be focussed on building positive relationships between students and teachers, in which shared understanding can develop on both sides.”
“Parents are generally not seen as genuine partners in their children’s education. Teachers often do not feel valued as professionals but feel more like cogs in a machine.”
“My vision is to see children inspired and engaged in their learning, and progressive education seems to be a natural fit with that, as it maintains the freedom to challenge research and practice.”
“Children’s Rights are discussed more and seen as ‘trendy’ but this is paid lip-service to, and children really don’t have much say in anything unfortunately.”
“Montessori math materials leave teachers-in-training saying, ‘I wish I’d learned math this way!‘”
“In more recent years, I have come to appreciate unschooling as a social justice movement. It is about consent, children’s rights, respect for land and elders, anti-racism, feminism, freedom.”
“Take away the rigidity of the current system and give schools more
freedom to do things differently and I believe amazing things could
happen. I believe the potential and the will is there, it’s the system
that prevents it.”
“I no longer owned the idea that self-directed education is the solution to numerous pressing problems. It owned me. I now knew irreversibly that we can trust young people to be the architects of their own learning.”
“One size fits all leaves too many wearing ill-fitting clothes. We need to place the experience of each and every child at the centre of our thinking.”
Read more personal stories here.