George Monbiot takes 10-year old Londoners to Wales and discovers that a week in the countryside is worth three months in the classroom.
Is the current education system failing our children by depriving them of nature? “We foster and reward a narrow set of skills […] Confined to the classroom, stuffed with rules and facts, dragooned into endless tests: there could scarcely be a better formula for ensuring that they become bored and disaffected.”
Wendy Ellyatt , Founding Director of the Save Childhood Movement speaks out against the pressure placed on children to perform and meet standards at too young an age; “There is nothing wrong with seeking high educational standards and accountability, but there is surely something very wrong indeed if this comes at the cost of natural development, creativity, diversity and child well-being”.
Professor Stuart B. Hill retells the parable of the “sandbox syndrome” and how real progress will be made when we “find commonality with others, form alliances and develop new measures of success.” By keeping ourselves seperate and competitive we limit what we are trying to do.
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