THe sort of school he is describing will never happen under the current curriculum system. IT’s the sort of school that requires governments to step back and let the teachers work out what the kids they teach need and the government can’t abide letting teachers show that they know what their kids need better than the all seeing, all knowing politicians. Sheesh.
I want to teach in that sort of school. I want to show a child how to make something in DT and see their face light up with pleasure as they realise that they are allowed to do that and that they can do it! I want to see the pride at the end of the project when they leave the workshop with a piece that they created and made with their own hands – rather than teaching specific projects that are prescribed by the curriculum and end up at the end of a project in a scraps box in my office.
It’s the current thinking that is killing education, making teachers hate their jobs and leaving kids bored and unhappy and wanting to get out of school any way they can.