To design a school is quite a weighty responsibility. It is hardly possible to begin as a response to a Daily prompt.
So here are some ideas which those with responsibility in this area might do well to consider.
- Teachers are there to teach.
- Children have different learning skills (and difficulties).
- Physical skills are important as well as mental ones.
- Social skills and moral codes are important.
- All knowledge is interrelated – while it may be necessary to divide it up into manageable amounts (subjects) the connections should also be emphasised.
- Language and reading skills and numeracy provide a foundation for other subjects.
- Music and art are not soft options.
- Science and mathematics, needlework and woodwork should be taught to boys and girls without distinction.
- Parents and teachers should have the same goals and support each other.
Am I inventing an ideal school, or are these ideas realistic?
You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?
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