A new government, a new year and new energy and enthusiasm for finding a better pathway in education.
Interest in play-based learning is growing and Longworth Education is leading the way in New Zealand.
This month Longworth Education was chosen by Finnish-based education experts HundrED as one of 100 inspiring educations to profile globally.
The HundrED project aims to help schools evolve by finding and sharing inspiring education innovations.
Three cheers for Longworth and the wonderful work they are doing!
Ken Robinson said in his video ‘Bring on the Learning Revolution’
“We have built our education systems on the model of fast food… There are two models of quality assurance in catering. One is fast food, where everything is standardized. The other is like Zagat and Michelin restaurants, where everything is not standardized, they’re customized to local circumstances. And we have sold ourselves into a fast-food model of education, and it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.
We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.
But we have to change from the industrial model to an agricultural model, where each school can be flourishing tomorrow.”
Makes perfect sense! And this year there is a real chance to make it happen.
And that brings us back to Longworth Education.
Linda Cheer, one of the founders of Longworth, worked with us in 2008-2010 as she developed a wonderful Discovery Time at Lucknow School in Havelock North. The sessions that she and her team ran were inspirational.
From there she went on to set up her own Forest School in Hawkes Bay.
Now, with her daughter Sarah Aione, she is presenting workshops throughout the country.
Longworth Education are providing teachers with the knowledge and confidence to create the gourmet restaurants that Ken Robinson said were needed.
If you are serious about making changes in your school or classroom, following Sarah and Linda at Longworth Education will give you the theory, inspiration and guidance you need. Their professional development opportunities are hugely popular and you’ll need to be quick to book your place.
Enjoy the new school year and create a child centred, play based learning environment where all students can thrive.
Brenda and Gay