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Do you think this could work?



Flightless Bird
A school where kids only spend 2 and a half hours formal instruction a
day (as in, 1 hour maths, 1 hour literacy, half an hour of science,
history or a language on alternating days?)

Then the rest of the time they are given the option of choosing what
they want to do with the resources offered by the school?

Like working in the garden, playing a sport, joining a club, signing up
for elective classes, or private study in the library etc.

Once they get to 15 or 16, they sit down with a counselor guide and "map
out" the sort of things they'd want to do, and organise a study plan to
accomodate that (so, more classes).

A person can become totally equipped with information in an area if that
area is of interest or relevance to them. Other things that aren't
necessary are stored away or forgotten. Do we spend too much time
focusing on things we THINK kids need, instead of allowing them to show
us what they need?

The philosophy is that in this modern era, we aren't helping kids by
telling them what they need to know. We would be better off allowing
them to discover what they need to know. All we have to do is equip them
with the ability to find things out for themselves.

If a school like this existed (and quite a few do, actually, Summerhill
in England, est. 1920s for one)
do you think it would work?

Thoughts appreciated,

Should schools allow for more induvidual curriculum tweaking?


Tom Willett

Flightless Bird
Boy, are you in the wrong newsgroup.

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