I’d like to build the world a school……

….and it would be like this.

There would be all kinds of children – not just the ones who could afford the tuition.

Our curriculum would be relevant, inspiring, challenging, intellectual, philosophical, spiritual, creative and joyful.

Our teachers would be there because they care about inspiring a new generation of thinkers and creators.  They would be experts in their fields and itching to make a change.  They would respect students and the creativity youth brings.  They would build meaningful relationships with their students and never forget that a sense of humour goes a long way.  There would be no place for shouting or put downs.

Our resources would be chosen with thought for the environment and our health and people around us.

We would grow vegetables for our lunch in the playground and try not to take more from the world than we need.

Science would be with our hands and in nature and on top of mountains, and not just words on a text book page.

Literacy would be storytelling, story writing, debate, drama, talking and using technology to connect with the world and ourselves, and to make movies and music and not just comprehension questions at the end of a chapter.

We would read books, and books and then more books and look at illustrations as art.  We would choose our own books, instead of being told what to read all the time and we would talk about all the words we love.  We would have comfy chairs and beanbags and a quiet, soft space designated each day for wallowing in books of all kinds.

Maths would be solving puzzles, taking risks, creating games, playing games, talking about numbers and patterns and how the world is one beautiful number game.

Music and Art and Drama and Creativity would integrate and permeate everything, not exist in isolation in small dusty rooms at the back of the school.  Music would be heard in the hallways and in the classroom….

We would do Circle Time each week so everyone could have a chance to be heard, even if it was just to share that they had juicy, red tomatoes for lunch!

We would be Thankful each day for all that we have and teach the children by example that we are the lucky ones and not to forget that we need to change the world for the not so lucky ones.

I’d like to build the world a school where education is about experience and doing and not simply measuring a child by the answers they write on a test on one day of their lives.  I want a school that sees the whole child and where assessment is everyday by both the intelligent students themselves and by the brilliant, capable, creative and attentive teachers who know the students better than a test written by a random person.

I’d like the school to be built and loved by everyone who had a stake in it….students, teachers, parents, investors, support staff, gardeners, administrators, cooks, cleaners….

Students would learn that we all have a gift to share with the world and we would support and encourage them to find theirs.  I would like each child to be valued as an individual and noticed for their gifts.

I’d like to build the world a school where children leave feeling able, loved, supported, creative, inspired and ready to create the world that they wish to live in.

I’d like to build the world a school.

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