10th May 06 @ 6:10 BST
I really like your ideas about trying out 'different' school days to see what they are like. Of course the killer is going to be
- how to do that, particularly if you want lots of folk to be able to join in
- whether one day will be long enough to get a real feel for what it would be like
Then I had some thoughts:
- How about arranging day trips to other schools (such as a democratic school or a small school or a Reggio Emilia school)?
- What about visiting a home schooler or inviting a home schooler to come into StB's to discuss their ideas with you?
- If a day trip is not enough then perhaps we could set up discussions (video conference, skype, MSN, email) with folk who are being educated in some of these 'alternative ways'
If you are interested in adjusting your school day - and want to get around the issue of one day being long enough - and can get all the necessary permissions from the school and parents - then what about trying flexi-schooling?
I believe that there are several schools in the UK - some in the Exeter area that do things like:
- do away with timetables (in the sense of classes go to Lesson 1, Lesson 2, etc) and instead children work on their own personal learning plans - they study independently much of the time (though often still in school).
- have mixed age groups working together - they don't groups students by age.
- do away with 60 minute lessons - students work on projects for days or even weeks at a time - but still follow The National Curriculum - a bit like what StB's did in Mission Week I suspect, except they do it most of the time.
Do any of those ideas help?