The open classroom is back. I have my doubts about the phenomenon and want to see some evidence for the effectiveness of the trend.
What is depressing about the habitat is the regimentation and the lack of choice. This is why children can be happier in a less expensive environment so long as they are not being deprived of all freedom.
Writing school policies is not easy and for democratic schools it is even more complicated. You cannot just take a policy statement off the shelf and use it without thinking clearly what it implies for the staff and the inspectors who will use it to understand your practice.