Progressive Education, Shared Values, Play and Dirt…

Trivium 21c


Sir Ken Robinson’s award-winning work on creativity in education makes him a natural advocate for our movement. His belief that outdoor play and its benefits are “vital for education” and “vital for our families” resonates with our belief that playful children grow into great people. –

“Dirt is Good”

Pashi Sahlberg writes:

When I look around the world, I see competition, choice, and measuring of students and teachers as the main means to improve education.

This market-based global movement he calls ‘GERM’: the global education reform movement. Yet Sahlberg seems to overlook how the market is involving itself in subtle and not so subtle ways in education. When he says that:

Better education for all our children is not going to be a result of… managing education system (sic) like businesses. What we need now instead is to have schools where curiosity, engagement and talent can be truly discovered and…

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