I am going to exercise my autonomy this week and post again on the topic of “what must we do in order to transform our schools into places of authentic and democratic learning.”
My last suggestion was one word-autonomy, my next one is two words-slow down.
Our culture is moving too fast towards one thing only – destruction. We experience tremendous anxiety and transfer it onto our children. We need to take a deep breath and slow down. This is in every sector of society, not just schools. Think about how much less natural resources we would use if we didn’t demand so much so fast. Imagine how learning could be enjoyed if we weren’t so worried about “just getting through it” so that “we can move on.”
I have heard that one of the major obstacles to project-based learning is the artificial time scales we have built into education including grading periods. But since we are doing away with grades then we can do away with the marking periods, and open up tons of time to have enjoyable, authentic, self-directed learning experiences.
I think I can comfortably say that if we slow down we can also do everything that my brilliant colleagues here at the Cooperative have mentioned thus far.