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Video - Education to Save the Planet at Summerhill Festival of Childhood

Watch Ian Cunningham's talk on Education to Save the Planet, part of the Summerhill Festival of Childhood. In celebration of Summerhill School’s centenary, the Summerhill Festival of Childhood and IDEC 2021 took place online between the 30th of September and the 5th of October 2021. More than 150 contributors presented, joined community discussions, shared ideas and performed. Here, Ian Cunningham, Chair...

SUBMISSION TO THE EU SURVEY ON CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

We made the strong case that children should have increased rights including the right to choose their own education – as we provide in SML College   “Children should have the right to an education of their own choosing. This is the most significant problem at present. For instance, many children do not find the state provision meets their needs. There...

Visit to SML College Brighton - Esther Russo

Visit to SML College Brighton FEBRUARY 25, 2020~ TUMWACO As a teacher of formative cycles, during the last years my interest in new approaches to learning processes has grown, especially considering the contexts of my classrooms: lack of motivation, problems with time and goal management, stress, abandonment of studies, lack of social skills ... I observe all this in my students, who...

Some evidence on schooling problems – a submission to the EU survey on the rights of children.

Ian Cunningham – edited from ‘Self Managed Learning and the New Educational Paradigm’, Routledge, 2020. Abstract This extract from Chapter 6 of the above book provides sufficient evidence to show that the work in developing a New Educational Paradigm is both desirable and highly justified. And on the other hand, it shows that defence of the existing traditional schooling paradigm is...

If it works don’t fix it. Leave Home Education alone as it works. Sort out the problems in schools

There is no need for a change in current arrangements for home education. The law on the ‘otherwise’ criterion is clear on the right to an education that is not in school. Below is some evidence for the need for schools to change, based on the book ‘Self Managed Learning and the New Educational Paradigm’ (Cunningham. 2020) There is ample...

Education in the future. Submission to UNESCO. 2020

UNESCO issued a consultation on Education in the Future. This is our submission to that consultation. Education in the future has to make dramatic changes. It is not fit for purpose. A major error is the notion that education means institutional learning – generally in a school, college or university. It also assumes that most useful learning occurs via a...

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Achieving - what’s it really about

Saturday, 16 November 2019. There were two articles in newspapers about one of the world’s top cricketers, Ben Stokes. One was in the Times newspaper. The other was in the Guardian. It’s interesting that each focused on different aspects of what makes him successful. I’ll take each article in turn. Intelligence matters Michael Atherton...

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Young people - take charge of your own learning

Coco Kirkland joined Self Managed Learning (SML) College aged 13. She had been constantly in trouble in her mainstream school, because the teachers accused her of just doodling all the time. She was also diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Having been labelled naughty, just because she sees herself as a visual learner, she decided she didn’t want to stay...