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"Children learn best when teaching aligns with their natural exuberance, energy and curiosity."
"When they are allowed to apply their natural creativity and curiosity, children love learning. They learn to walk, to talk, to eat and to play spontaneously, by watching and experimenting. Then they get to school, and we suppress this instinct by sitting them down, force-feeding them with inert facts and testing the life out of them.
There is no single system for teaching children well, but the best ones have this in common: they open up rich worlds that children can explore in their own ways, developing their interests with help rather than indoctrination."
In the midst of organising a presentation day in which we will be demonstrating just such principles, we've been alerted to this article of today by Mr. Monbiot.
Do read it, it is a very cogent and pertinent article. He also references Reggio Emilia, as a place to look to as an example.
And - join us on our Networks Showcase Day in London, on 4 March, in which early childhood educators from London and around the Midlands will be presenting their current endeavours to create places really fit for children's learning and curiosity.