Monday, 23 February 2009

21st century schools: here's a really good one

I've said so often, for so long, about losing industrial "bullying ante chamber" toilets, about agile transparent learning space, about light, about small sub communities of children in learning bases, about losing expensive wasteful corridors, about displaying work externally by projecting onto windows, about shared space for science, food science or whatever, and so much, much, much, more. And yet I still see the emergence of dismal new factory schools. Mercifully in many of the places I'm lucky to be working, things have moved on hugely and 21st century learning is a fact rather than a distant aspiration.

And here's a wonderful school, in Tasmania, that's done it all and done it SO well. Staff and students love it, parents are reaping the dividend of commiting their children to a new design. It came in under budget, it really shows the thought, leadership and debate by all involved and it is quite, quite lovely.

Why do people STILL build cells n bells factory schools when for less money they can do this and then see substantially better learning as a result? And why don't inspection systems criticise schools whose lack of ambition fails their students by continuing to embrace a model of factory learning with a dull incrementl targets?

St Aloysius, I salute you - what a wonderful and ambitious place to be learning - I'll post a lot more images soon and then link them from here.

Meanwhile, these are the toilets: doors that fit the frame top and bottom, glass means no place for bullies, the toilets are small scale and everywhere. These folk LISTENED and reflected and it shows, everywhere.

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