The energy in the room at our “School is boring” event was incredible. There was also a surprising degree of consensus about the education system we want.
We ran an Open Space session to share ideas and create an agenda. People generated their own questions on the broad theme Education in Lambeth 2030 – what do we want?
Here is what people said.
What should be the goal of education?
- Maximised potential
- Best version of self
- Satisfy curiosity
- Learn to navigate society
- Fostering creativity
- Learners feel valued
Active in improving – Social, Environmental, Personal, Global, Health and wellbeing. Lots of connections – Business visits, reduce risk
A sense of wonder – wonderful learning
Do young people need to have a greater say in what they are learning?
Growth mind set, developing mind sets, putting learning into context
How can education be more honest and authentic?
Making teachers think about why they started teaching
More genuine collaboration between schools/areas/teachers/students
Recognise which parts are outdated
Education to get ready for life
Raising consciousness and social awareness in young adults (16-25) What’s your purpose in life?
Coaching not teaching
More open ended learning
Can we make “safe” mistakes to learn in school?
Kids learning from kids
How do we plant more seeds?
Children are my biggest teacher
- absorb knowledge very quickly
- live outside their comfort zone
- they never give up
What is the value of education?
Teamwork and soft skills under-valued – constant comparison against others. We want people to work together using complimentary skills
World of work requires you to have much more skills than qualification
Local businesses contributing to the curriculum
Anything is possible – explore, investigate and play with
What do we want from education?
Who do you want to be? (not what)
Person/character vs curriculum
Teacher as facilitator
Make sure teachers are looked after
Teachers loving learning
Enabling teachers to support learning through nature
Nature as teacher
Supported experiments in teaching
We asked people to produce “tweets” of key points they heard
What do we want for Lambeth school 2030? Put learner in charge
How can education be more honest? Let teachers be themselves.
School! Give me emotional confidence
The root meaning of the word education is “to rise up”
We need more kids speaking up!
Education can be either a creative or destructive process
What do we want in 2030? More freedom and autonomy for teachers and students.
Confident teachers as facilitators
Goals of education: Build happiness, best version of self, navigate society, wellbeing, creativity, curiosity
Wonderful! Learning from nature.
Being able to learn new skills opens doors
Can we all be teachers?
Employers need to be more involved in the curriculum so learners can value the learning – and purpose
Why isn’t there an app which can connect kids looking for work experience directly with people in industry who can support?
We need positive social impact. Value of education should not be limited to financial gain.
Should we get rid of exams?
Join the conversation #schoolisboring
Join us on the 15th June to further develop these ideas into an agenda for action.