Leonard’s experiences starting school in Canadia in the fifties
The first of a series of posts on the Qualities of Teachers in Democratic Schools. This post deals with qualities of understanding.
Very rarely do you find people disagreeing on ends: that we want schools to inculcate independent learning, critical thinking individuals, not drone-like rote-learners with a penchant for multiple-choice questions. Yet when it comes to means, the most obvious tool in the box – allowing children some freedom of choice, a hand in the proceedings – is repeatedly shunned by policy-makers.