[Manifesto] on Education by @LeadersSlovakia #NGLS

Hiya SCG-ers,

many of you were and are constantly pinging me, because you do miss shipments on #IS. I do admit that I have disappeared from online shipping for solid 4 months, but believe me it was all worth it. Before I will start to share all those life-changing moments and lessons I have learned ‘offline’; let me share with you (so far) the biggest shipment of my professional career: Manifesto on Education created by folks attending third NGLS Conference, which took place in April this year. It is also bit symbolic time as school are opening its gates for new term this week again, so perhaps this manifesto can inspire those who have guts to change something in their worlds. Enjoy!

I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

See you in comments and get ready for regular shipments on #IS again.

with <3,

– is

P.S.: Hungry for more NGLS 3 stuff? Check out -> www.education.ngls.sk

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Comments

  1. Great video, Fantastic message, Perfect timing! Well done NGLS!

    Loris

  2. I’m glad to see a new post here after a while! :0) The video is excellent!

    Also, I wanted to share some things about education. I came across an article about Sir Ken Robinson which I think was fantastic because he calls for a revolution in education. He claims that the current education system does not fit with the current needs because it was originally developed to fit the Industrial times where they produced factory workers. He also says that current educational system kills creativity and innovation and that children are more creative than adults because they are less inhibited. His website is on sirkenrobinson.com/skr/.

    This also reminds me of a couple quotes by other people:

    – “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

    – “The creative adult is the child who has survived.” – Ursula K. LeGuin

    I think it is also the reason why more children are being homeschooled now to better meet their needs?

    • Hiya Sveta,
      lovely to read you again.
      indeed, Sir Ken Robinson inspired many school-change makers, including me.
      Here is a book review from his book The Element, which I wrote some time back.
      https://ivanasendecka.com/2010/02/16/video-on-reading-books/
      Geez, what an oldie video of mine is in there, too;-)

      I do wonder, would you homeschool your child(ren)?

      – is

      • Ivana – it’s great that you are familiar with his work! Thanks for sharing your book review. I wish I can understand what’s said in video.

        I think that The Element is a must to read – not just for educators, but anyone. Just because you are doing well in school or have a good job, it won’t mean anything if you don’t do what you love. Also, making people to conform makes many of them become complacent.

        There are some of my favorite quotes by Ralph Emerson:
        – “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
        – “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

        Yes, I would consider homeschooling as one of educational options for my future kid(s). I also like other non-traditional schools such as Montessori, Waldorf, Sudbury, etc. It would depend on where I live and who I have kids with. I know for sure I would not want my kids to attend a traditional school with an outdated system to limit their potentials. Also, with increased violence and lack of respect for teachers in traditional schools, it’s scary to send kids there.

        I think that kids would learn more from traveling (not necessarily globally – it could be a trip to a museum or a local historical place, for example), observing, and applying their knowledge than spending days in a classroom on endless tests.

        It would also be good for kids to socialize more with people of various ages. I loved the example in The Element about senior citizens helping kids improve literacy – it teaches kids to be respectful of older people and realize how valuable life is, gives older people a purpose in their lives, and makes a better bond between generations.

  3. Just came across an article (“A Group Of Schools In Sweden Is Abandoning Classrooms Entirely”): http://www.businessinsider.com/a-group-of-schools-in-sweden-is-abandoning-classrooms-entirely-2012-1?op=1#ixzz268zccaX3

    I really like those ideas:

    – “The school is non-traditional in every sense: there are no letter grades and students learn in groups at their level, not necessarily by age.”

    – “All of the furniture in the school, which looks like a lot of squiggles, is meant to aid students in engaging in conversation while working on projects.”

    – “Admission to the school is free, as long as the child has a personal number (like a social security number) and one of the child’s parents is a Swedish tax payer.”

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