Written by Michell, translated by Sabrina Wong
Adults have been putting a lot of effort teaching children to enjoy learning and not to get attached to the results.
Schools have been organizing activities, telling children to enjoy the learning process and not to focus too much on the marks.
In fact, children enjoy learning and exploring by nature. From the moment they are born, they start observing and learning. They interact with the world in their unique way. They learn how to walk and how to speak naturally. They learn through doing things repeatedly, such as, saying something or doing/playing something repeatedly for days/months, until they master it or they feel it’s enough. To them, there is so much fun in learning and they know nothing about results and marks. They simply do what they enjoy. To them, there are so many new things in this world waiting for them to explore, and all new experiences spark them with joy.
Written By Michell
Twenty years ago when I first learned about the Sudbury philosophy, I was absolutely fascinated. Sudbury Valley School (SVS) has no compulsory curriculum and students direct their own learning. Students in this school have equal rights with the staff members, and they are involved in running the school. And, instead of using rewards and punishment to manipulate students, the staff members support them to live out their true selves.
I thought everyone who knows about SVS will fall in love with its ideas just like I do. Who doesn’t want to be trusted, respected, and treated equally?
But in fact, most people question it. I have pondered for many years and wondered, “What are their doubts about the Sudbury education model?”
We finally had our first “lesson” in Sudbury. It’s a Menstrual Cycle lesson! One day, two 9.5-year-old girls were discussing menstrual pads and tampons. They haven’t gotten their period yet, but one of them brought her mom’s pads and tampons back and they were curiously exploring them. They asked me to go to the washroom Read more about The Menstrual Cycle Lesson[…]
by Michell A few months ago, everyone in Hong Kong was learning how to clear the tear gas residue. Recently, we have been learning how to correctly wear a face mask to prevent the Coronavirus. I can’t help thinking, are there any schools that have incorporated such skill sets into their curriculum in advance? In Read more about Self-Directed Learning in the Chaos[…]